Dr. Ward Beebe House

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Dr. Ward Beebe House
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The Dr. Ward Beebe House from the north
Dr. Ward Beebe House is located in Minnesota
Dr. Ward Beebe House
Dr. Ward Beebe House is located in the United States
Dr. Ward Beebe House
Location2022 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Coordinates44°56′28″N 93°11′9″W / 44.94111°N 93.18583°W / 44.94111; -93.18583Coordinates: 44°56′28″N 93°11′9″W / 44.94111°N 93.18583°W / 44.94111; -93.18583
ArchitectWilliam Gray Purcell and George G. Elmslie
Architectural stylePrairie School
Part ofWest Summit Avenue Historic District (#93000332)
NRHP reference #77000762[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 29, 1977

The Dr. Ward Beebe House, also known as the John Leuthold Residence, is a three-story stucco prairie house built by Dr. Ward and Bess Beebe and designed by Purcell and Elmslie in 1912. Purcell and Elmslie were prolific designers of prairie style homes. It is located in the West Summit Avenue Historic District, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States.[2]

Dr. Ward Beebe was a bacteriologist, and the house was built for him and his wife Bess as a wedding present from her parents. The Beebe house is the firm's only house in Saint Paul, and includes some elements from English Arts and Crafts design as well as the Prairie Style.[3] Purcell and Elmslie designed the primary rooms with good views, since the Summit Avenue location was important. Purcell was quoted as saying, "At the time... it was one of the most talked about residential streets in America, broad and with beautiful trees; the views up and down the street were valued. So the unusual corner windows looking both ways from the living room were accepted as a fine response toward a choice and expensive location." The house has a large cross-gabled roof with deep eaves, giving it a broader look than its narrow structure would otherwise indicate. On the inside, the living room and the dining room are centered around a hearth and have no walls between them, similar to the Dr. Oscar Owre House in Minneapolis. The firm preferred to avoid building walls in first-floor living areas so they could increase the sense of space. The second floor has three bedrooms, a bathroom, and a tiny library sitting room with bay windows and a window seat. Elmslie also designed detailed art glass insets for the bookcases near the entrance.[4]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3.
  3. ^ Millett, Larry (2007). AIA Guide to the Twin Cities: The Essential Source on the Architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota Historical Society Press. p. 453. ISBN 0-87351-540-4.
  4. ^ Legler, Dixie; Christian Korab (2006). At Home on the Prairie: The Houses of Purcell & Elmslie. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. pp. 106–109. ISBN 0-8118-5041-2.