Local house makes #1 on Coolest Homes in Minnesota list

Highway Highlights dot com has released its list of top 50 coolest houses in Minnesota and several homes from the area made the cut, including number one on the list.

Cox House Saint Peter, Minnesota. Click photo for larger view
The Cox House in Saint Peter, Minnesota. Click photo for larger view

“Granted it’s one man’s opinion that runs the website, but to have two examples of Saint Peter architecture out of the top 50 and then have him designate the Cox house as the finest example of residential architecture, we just think that’s wonderful for the community,” says Saint Peter Community Development Director, Russ Wille.

The Julien Cox House in Saint Peter garnered the top spot on the poll. It was built in 1871 for Saint Peter’s first mayor, Eugene St. Julien Cox.

Interior of Cox House in Saint Peter. Photo from Nicollet County Historical Society
Interior of Cox House in Saint Peter. Photo from Nicollet County Historical Society

“The Nicollet County Historical Society has done a fantastic job of maintaining the residence, essentially in its original condition. Just the representation and the care of the era in which the building was built was just phenomenal.”

Shumacher House in Saint Peter
Shumacher House in Saint Peter, Minnesota

The Emily and Stephen Schumacher House in Saint Peter comes in at 43rd on the list.

Wille says other homes could easily be included.

“One of the first mayors of the community, who was also a judge also I believe. But we’ve got a lot of examples of residential architecture in town to go along with the historic downtown. And again, it’s one man’s opinion. But it’s quite an accomplishment. But there are other examples in town that are also worthy also.”


Schell Mansion in New Ulm, Minnesota Photo from TripAdvisor.com
Shell Mansion in New Ulm, Minnesota is ranked no. 3. Photo from TripAdvisor.com
Wanda Gag House in New Ulm, Minnesota
Wanda Gag House in New Ulm, Minnesota is 48th.
Paine House in Albert Lea, Minnesota
Paine House in Albert Lea, Minnesota is no. 9
George Taylor House in Le Sueur, Minnesota. Photo from Flickr.com
George Taylor House in Le Sueur, Minnesota is no. 16. Photo from Flickr.com








Full list here:  http://highwayhighlights.com/

Nicollet County Historic Society website:  http://www.nchsmn.org/

Additional information by Wendy Wilde

Edited for web by Anthony Reinhardt

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