Wayzata, Minnesota

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Good Fences Minnesota Governor's Residence

Quite the gift it was in 1965 when the Irvines' youngest daughters, Clotilde Irvine Moles and Olivia Irvine Dodge, donated their family's 20 room English Tudor residence built in 1910, to the people of Minnesota to serve as the official residence of the First Family.


Greetings from Minnesota Governor's Residence, 1006 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Along Summit Avenue, the wind passed through spruce trees like invisible Christmas Carols, spreading a cheery harmony all along our way.

Our Minnesota Flag flew proudly, as twinkle lights glistened their familiar "welcome" please do step inside.

This English Tudor has always reminded me more of a stately mansion one would stumble upon at the University of Minnesota, rather than nestled along the mansions located on Summit Avenue.

If you notice I had the most wonderful company joining me on this grey Minnesota afternoon.

"I'll take you along sweet Elmo if you promise to keep your laughter in your pockets and your eyes wide open!"

...and so he did.

I longed to show off more inside photos but-

I made a promise to myself, if there isn't a fence or fence post in it, I can't share it for Good Fences.

Special Note- out back, there are special gardens sculpted in honor of every child that ever lived in the Governor's Residence.  Too cold and snowy for it to be open this day, but perhaps this summer I'll snap those photos.

This photo is from within the property of the electric gate that one rarely gets to see from this side.

"Study the past if you would define the future." - Confucius

"Tomorrow hopes that we have learned something from yesterday." - John Wayne

...and just maybe better our today.


TexWisGirl said...

how very nice! and quite grand! thanks for the good fences - and don't forget to link up! :)

EG CameraGirl said...

Wrought iron! Love it!

Cloudia said...

fun tour. Good pics!

ALOHA from Honolulu

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Look at all that SNOW!

Lovely fences, Karen.

carolann said...

Elmo was a favored with oldest Granddaughter 21 years ago. She went to an show in Toronto with her mom to see Elmo and all the characters. When she was like two.
We asked her who did you see. Elmo and then laughed, laughed.
Honest engine. She talked like Elmo with her baby voice.

So thumbs up for fences and good sweet Elmo on your page. I am trying to not laugh.

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Now that is a wonderful house!
Maybe you could show some more of the intereour in another post? ;)
And I do like the fence, it looks like it's made for eternity :)


DeniseinVA said...

Oh my, what a beautiful place. So prettily decorated. The gates and fences are wonderful and I enjoyed looking inside. Thanks for taking us along.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Kilroy was here

Ida said...

Quite the fancy home. It has wonderful fencing and your company looked to be having a great time.

eileeninmd said...

What a wonderful fence and house. The decorations are pretty. Great photos.

Debbie said...

I love the fences but I adore those Christmas decorations!! Really beautiful images!!

Felicia said...

whoa, those are some fences and a lovely mansion to boot.

Margaret Adamson said...

Love the fences and the way some are decorated. Also loved seeing inside.

Carola Bartz said...

Wonderful fences, I like the Christmas decoration. You did a great job with your inside photos - good idea to include the fences outside! What a lovely idea about the special gardens sculpted in honor of every child that lived in the house. How many were there?

Carletta said...

Wrought iron is one of my all time favorite fences. This one is attractive and while a fence to keep one out still inviting looking. :)

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I truly love wrought-iron fences. My dad dug up one at least six feet-tall and several hundred feet-long while pipelining in South Carolina years upon years ago. He and the men on the job with him figured that it was probably part of an abandoned cemetery, which was not all that uncommon to come across down there. I don't remember what happened to the fence, but it still wasn't with us by the time we moved to Eagle Rock, Missouri.

bettyl-NZ said...

What a stately place. I like your perspective of the outside fence.