Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Gallery: Historic St. Paul home that F. Scott Fitzgerald frequented is for sale

The home was featured in one of Fitzgerald's short stories.
house 47

A St. Paul home that's vividly described in one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories is for sale. 

The historic Charles W. and Mary Ames House, which was built in 1886 at 501 Grand Hill in St. Paul, is on the market for $1.55 million, according to the listing. When Fitzgerald was young and living in St. Paul he was friends with the Ames' children, and the home apparently had such an impact on him that he described it in several short stories, including "The Scandal Detectives."

Listing agent Marcy Wengler of Edina Realty says her favorite feature of the home is "the beautiful attention to detail that was used throughout the home, as well as the thoughtful updates that including preserving the original icebox in the pantry during a kitchen remodel in the 1990s."

Here's a look inside: 

The 8,978 square foot home has 11-plus bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and 11 fireplaces on three-plus stories, located just steps from Grand Avenue and historic Summit Avenue in St. Paul.

The "truly remarkable" home features its original details, such as windows, tiled fireplaces, built-ins and "numerous porches," as well as "thoughtful additions" added by the owners in the 1990s. The home has expansive living spaces, including the third floor with a second kitchen that can function as its own separate apartment. 

Buying or selling? Find a realtor using Bring Me The News' online directory

The main kitchen offers two butlers pantries for entertaining and storage. There's also a garden room with an indoor lion's head fountain and original trellises, a library, an office and other spaces fit for entertaining. 

The current owner has owned the Charles W. and Mary Ames House for nearly 30 years, where he raised his seven children. 

"The family loved hosting events for the community. Since listing the home, I am amazed at how many people have reached out to tell me they had been to the home for various gatherings," Wengler told Bring Me The News. 

Wengler said this home would be perfect for "a large family or anyone who appreciates the rich history of old homes."

The latest forecast from Sven Sundgaard

Next Up

dinner party holidays gathering celebration 1

Health officials encourage getting vaccinated and tested before the holidays

The state has launched a "Celebrate Safely, Minnesota" campaign to make it easier to get tested and vaccinated.

Kjellberg booking photo crop

Charges: Parking dispute, scuffle preceded fatal stabbing

The suspect said he was upset about neighbors and their friends regularly parking on his property.

Dave Hutchinson

Hennepin Co. Sheriff injured in rollover, admits to drinking beforehand

The sheriff, in a statement, called it an "inexcusable decision."

CDC - vaccine band aid

COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in MN dominated by unvaccinated

The latest figures from October show a disproportionate number of deaths among the unvaccinated.

Jaxon Howard

Top MN football recruit Jaxon Howard to announce college decision

He's the son of former Minnesota Viking Willie Howard.

18 wheeler - tractor trailer - semi truck

MN trucking firm that used 'strength tests' to screen out women drivers to pay $500K

The company will pay $500,000 and offer jobs to the women it discriminated against.

mpd suspect 12.3.21 - 1 - CROP

On-the-run man charged with murder in fatal shooting at gas station

The suspect hasn't been arrested, and court documents say he poses a risk to public safety.

coronavirus

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, December 8

The latest details from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 9.27.07 AM

Couple ending festive lights display after dispute with sheriff over trespassing

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald addressed complaints from over the summer on Facebook Saturday.

st louis co missing person terry - edit

MN man, 60, still missing despite 'extensive search efforts'

Local authorities are now asking for the public's help locating the man.

uncle sven's

Beloved Uncle Sven's Comic Shoppe in St. Paul closes after 39 years

The hallway-sized shop with "a big heart" closed in late November.

Screen Shot 2021-12-06 at 9.07.03 AM

'Weird Al' Yankovic to perform in 3 Minnesota cities in the summer

The singer will make stops in Duluth, Mankato and Minneapolis.

Related

photo-005

Gallery: Kirby Puckett's former Brooklyn Park home for sale at $485,000

The home still features some of Kirby's touches and apparently a secret compartment in the wet bar.

hovland 1

Gallery: Home near the Boundary Waters on the market for $1.1 million

The home's wall of windows affords views of McFarland Lake and the wilderness.

20210620203324526230000000-o (1)

Gallery: Home on island near Canadian border on the market for $1.5M

The home boasts 2,000-square-feet of deck overlooking Lake of the Woods and Canada.