Peter and Louisa John House

Peter John was a prominent shopkeeper and saloon owner in Dayton’s Bluff. After marrying Louisa Hamm, the daughter of Theodore and Louise Hamm, the couple lived in this 1906 Colonial Revival house. It was the work of the architectural firm of Buechner & Orth, which designed a number of early twentieth century buildings in Saint Paul, including the Orpheum Theater.

The large five-bedroom home with a matching carriage house was well maintained during the seventy-five years it remained in the family. It is unique because the home still retains many of the original wall coverings, complete with hand-painted motifs. A variety of wood carvings, stained glass and inlaid floors decorate the interior. Architectural historian Larry Millett wrote “occupying a corner lot, the house is a stately exercise in Colonial Revival”

Information about the John family is difficult to find, but two items do show up in the St. Paul Globe. The first dealt with an 1885 dispute between Peter John and another man over three Payne Avenue properties. Sadly, the second was a notice from Peter and Louisa John announcing the death of Theodore, their “beloved infant son,” who died at the age of one year and three months.

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Peter and Louisa John residence

Peter and Louisa John residence

Peter John was a prominent shopkeeper and saloon owner in Dayton's Bluff. After marrying Louisa Hamm, the daughter of Theodore and Louise Hamm, the couple lived in this 1906 Colonial Revival house designed by Buechner & Orth. Date: 1907 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Horse and Carriage

Horse and Carriage

Beside Peter John residence, 373 Maple. Date: 1910 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Peter and Louisa John residence

Peter and Louisa John residence

Located at 373 Maple, St. Paul Date: 1910 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Peter and Louisa John Home

Peter and Louisa John Home

The large five-bedroom home was well maintained during the seventy-five years it remained in the family and it still retains many of the original wall coverings, complete with hand-painted motifs. Date: May, 2013 Photo by: Kimmy Tanaka View File Details Page

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Steve Trimble, “Peter and Louisa John House,” Saint Paul Historical, accessed July 23, 2017, http://saintpaulhistorical.com/items/show/37.

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