Several local houses named to Minnesota’s Top 50 Coolest Houses
By George L. Glotzbach
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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