If you look at old photos of the historic George Hoyt and Hannah Hazzard House—a large Italianate-style house in the Como Park neighborhood of St. House and surrounding property on half acre: Driveway.
That, and the indoor electric and plumbing, which were thankfully added to the house in the 20th century – after its original residents had moved out.
These individuals were particularly notable to the growing community, as Ramsey County Commissioner George Hazard played a key role in the development of Interstate State Park, Minnesota’s second-oldest state park and the first shared between two states: Wisconsin and Minnesota. He helped prompt the Minnesota State Fairgrounds to move permanently to the location where it is now – drawing hundreds of thousands of people each year to the state fair. Hazzard’s wife, Hannah Hoyt-Hazard, came from the prestigious Hoyt family (from which Hoyt Street gets its nickname). Her father, Benjamin, was the founder of Hamelin University. Bottom line: This family was very important to St. Paul back in the day.
Now 150 years after the historic home was built, this five-bedroom, four-bathroom masterpiece–built in 1872–is on the market for $635,000, after a luxurious remodel at an estimated $150,000 to restore this hidden gem to its former glory. .
Hazard Home is located at 1371 Nebraska Ave. W., which is rare in the neighborhood, as St. Paul has some historic homes from that era. A 2001 Historical Contextual Study from the City of St. Paul reveals that “While St. Paul developed a wide range of house types and styles prior to 1880, it is surprising that few examples remain. This is largely because the original area of settlement in Lowertown was completely rebuilt within a few decades.”
The exterior is a trademark of the Italianate style—a style that was on its way out by the 1880s—with sloping crenellated edges, pitched roofs, and rounded windows. A glimpse inside reveals the true beauty of this historic home. Stunningly large windows give the room a light and airy feel, with a children’s grand piano that looks like something straight out Pride and prejudice. Instead of a ladder for books Beauty and the beast Style, there is a ladder for spice. Or a hidden bowl of cookies – it’s up to you. Stroll up to the third floor tower for the perfect retreat to unwind with a good book.
Although the historic home still retains much of its original charm, there have been notable changes to the property. Pictures show that the tower was demolished at some point, and a porch and porch added. Not to mention the addition of a lane, which came about when cars became the primary mode of transportation. At one point, the house was owned by the Como Presbyterian Church, and then split into a duplex as it deteriorated with time and age. In 1986 it was converted into Como Villa Bed and Breakfast, where it was given new life – but was later sold.
The most recent owners, married couple Sarah Day and John Coulter, have invested $150,000 to renovate the property to include top-of-the-line upgrades, including a Subzero refrigerator, and Cambria counters.
The result is something elegant – yet simple. It evokes a kind of friendliness that only exists in fairy tales — or real life, if you find yourself in the market. Check out the full list.