Previously on the site of 285 Summit, stood an 1882 house built by early Saint Paul pioneer, Henry M. Rice. In 1894, Rice sold the property to Frederick and Louise Fogg, and in 1899 plans to remodel the home were changed, and it was moved off the lot.
That same year, Fogg hired architect Allen H. Stem to design him a new home in place of the old one. Frederick Fogg was born in Maine in 1850, and was involved in the insurance business, but later in his career focused on education. He was married to Louise Miller on December 20th, 1880. Louise was born in Michigan in 1852, and with Frederick, had 2 children.
Stem designed the mansion in a Neo Classical style, and inside has all of the architectural amenities money could buy in 1899. The decorative plaster, woodwork, and built ins, have survived over a century of home owners and renters. During the middle of the last century the home was divided into 14 apartments, and today it is completely restored as a private residence.