Several local houses named to Minnesota’s Top 50 Coolest Houses

By George L. Glotzbach

Wanda Gag, New Ulm, Wanda Gag house

Mankato Times

NEW ULM, MINN. — The Wanda Gag House in New Ulm and several local historic homes were recently named one of The Top 50 Coolest Houses in Minnesota by HighwayHighlights.com.

The Gag house was the childhood home of Wanda Gag, noted children’s book author and illustrator.  Her most well-known children’s book, “Millions of Cats,” was first published in 1928, and has never been out of print.  Wanda was a painter in watercolors, and an internationally known lithographer.

Highway Highlights calls the house “Colorful, Bohemian, and completely whimsical…restored to its original splendor and is available for tour as a house museum, like many other houses in our Top 50.”

Wanda’s father, Anton Gag, was also a painter who designed and decorated the house, which was constructed in1894.  The house is in Queen Anne style and has been carefully restored to the original design and decoration.  The exterior has been repainted into the original seven different colors highlighting the seven different window shapes.  Inside the seven rooms have been restored to their original colors and decorative designs.

Exhibits include numerous original books, lithographs, and paintings by Anton, Wanda, and her sister Flavia, as well as family photographs and memorabilia.  Books by and about Wanda and the Gag family are available in the gift shop.  For more information go to www.wandagaghouse.org

Other local houses to make the list are; Schell’s Mansion, New Ulm, Julien Cox House,  St. Peter, Emily and Stephen Schumacher House, St. Peter, George W. Taylor House, Le Sueur, Jacob Harder House, Mountain Lake, John Hutchinson House, Faribault, and the H. A. Paine House, Albert Lea.

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Jacob Harder House, Mountain Lake – Half-spaceship, half-Frank Lloyd Wright, this earthy, organic, futuristic abode was built in 1971 by famed architect Bruce Goff, who also designed another equally bizarre house outside of town which was later destroyed by fire. The house is currently a private residence in the unassuming, quiet town of Mountain Lake.

Jacob Harder House, Mountain Lake – Half-spaceship, half-Frank Lloyd Wright, this earthy, organic, futuristic abode was built in 1971 by famed architect Bruce Goff, who also designed another equally bizarre house outside of town which was later destroyed by fire. The house is currently a private residence in the unassuming, quiet town of Mountain Lake.

Emily and Stephen Schumacher House, St. Peter – This beautiful Queen Anne home in St. Peter was built in 1887 for a local merchant named Stephen Schumacher by a notable architect out of Mankato. It suffered tornado damage in later years and was restored with help from the Minnesota Historical Society. Photo credit @heartsandprayers

Emily and Stephen Schumacher House, St. Peter – This beautiful Queen Anne home in St. Peter was built in 1887 for a local merchant named Stephen Schumacher by a notable architect out of Mankato. It suffered tornado damage in later years and was restored with help from the Minnesota Historical Society. Photo credit @heartsandprayers

 

 

 

 

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