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J.H. Skinner Summer Cottage, White Bear Lake, MN

J.H. Skinner Summer Cottage 2540 Manitou Island, White Bear Lake, Minnesota

American Architect and Building News, 1891

J.H. Skinner Summer Cottage

Other Names:
House at Acorn Point James Skinner Summer Cottage
2540 Manitou Island, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Design & Construction:
1894 [1894 Irish-1999]
Gilbert & Taylor 

The Shingle-style cottage has been sympathetically remodeled, although renovations (including the most recent in 2000) have added considerable bulk to the now mansion-class building. An illustration of this cottage was published in the influential national periodical, American Architect and Building News in 1891, a significant achievement for Gilbert & Taylor.

James Skinner was a principal in the firm of Lanpher, Finch & Skinner, a dry goods concern, and treasurer of the St. Paul Jobbers Union.

Skinner was one of many clients Gilbert lost to other local architects when he moved to New York. Clarence Johnston subsequently designed Skinner's Summit Avenue house.