By the 1950s, most of the houses had been removed from Williams Hill. Those that remained were in rough shape. Courtesy MnHS

A Look Back at a Kid’s View of Williams Hill

By the 1950s, most of the houses had been removed from Williams Hill. Those that remained were in rough shape. Courtesy MnHS

A Look at the Coolest Garage In Saint Paul

Garages serve many utilitarian purposes. One Highland Park couple have a garage that does so much more including serving as a neighborhood hangout, restaurant, bar and workshop.

Lots of windows means lots of shutters at 2279 Riverwood Place. There are 24 if you are scoring along.

Shutter Spotting Around the City

Shutters are more common on Saint Paul homes than I thought. Shutters more frequently adorn homes of certain architectural styles, such as Queen Anne, Dutch Colonial and ramblers (a.k.a. ranch.) Of course, that statement is based on my random, unscientific observations.

Downtown Saint Paul's taller buildings peeked above the tree line and Pig’s Eye Lake. Left to right, Wells Fargo Tower, First National Bank Building, 400 Securian Center, Airye Condominiums (formerly Jackson Tower, Cray Plaza and Galtier Tower) the two buildings on the right.

Riding Across the City, Riding Across the Country

Downtown Saint Paul’s taller buildings peeked above the tree line and Pig’s Eye Lake. Left to right, Wells Fargo Tower, First National Bank Building, 400 Securian Center, Airye Condominiums (formerly Jackson Tower, Cray Plaza and Galtier Tower) the two buildings on the right.

The Mosquito Hunter

June 30, 2021 Highland Park, Macalester-Groveland, Summit Hill, Cathedral Hill, Downtown, Lowertown, Dayton’s Bluff, East Side, Battle Creek, West 7th/West End 32 Miles The idea

The front (Marion Street side) of Paul & Sheila Wellstone Elementary, built in 1926 as Washington High School. The school is framed through a fence on Rice Street.

Icons of the North End and folks who’ve hung out there

Macalester-Groveland, Lexington-Hamline, Frogtown, North End, Downtown, Irvine Park, West 7th 23 Miles Lexington-Hamline Though my travels around the city concentrate on streets, now and then

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