Lest We Forget
Three nationally significant historical properties in Minnesota that include architecturally outstanding houses, outbuildings and grounds have all turned to solar control window film in an effort to help protect against the sun’s damaging rays. In each instance, the goal is to protect and preserve valuable original furnishings that are an historic mark of the founding generations.
Alexander Ramsey House: In 1872, Alexander Ramsey, the first Governor of the Territory of Minnesota, with his wife, Anna, completed a Mansard style Victorian American home in St. Paul. The scale of the three-story Mansard style building is impressive: 15-foot ceilings on the first floor, a 300 square foot (plus bay) library, 360 square foot reception room, and an 800 square-foot grand parlor. Anna’s interior scheme demonstrated her personal tastes and allegiance to major Victorian preoccupations: tradition and heritage, consumerism, and the desire to be fashionable, and the cult of domesticity. The house’s elaborate furnishings stand witness to an historic period in Minnesota’s development and they were fading fast.
William and Mary LeDuc House: The unaltered Gothic Revival architecture of this nineteenth century home establishes its national significance. William LeDuc, an attorney, entrepreneur, and distinguished Civil War officer, served as US Commissioner of Agriculture under President Rutherford B. Hayes. William and his wife Mary produced a stunningly landscaped architectural gem in a young river town on the Minnesota prairie. The house survives virtually unaltered from its appearance when it was completed in 1866. In 1970, the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Scott County Historical Society Home: The Scott County Historical Society is a county-wide professional institution for the management of historical resources of Scott County. The Society Home houses many important artifacts and collections which preserve and share the history of Scott County. Scott County, named for General Winfield Scott (1786-1866), General of the Army and apocryphally attributed to the Scott of “Great Scott,” is an area of 375 square miles located to the southwest corner of Minneapolis-St Paul.