Pierce and Walter Butler of Butler Brothers Construction Company built this unique double house in 1900 for $25,000. It is a Beaux Arts Dutch Rennaisance design of brick and brownstone with distinct stepped gables, C H Johnston, architect.
The Butler Brothers are an example of the ways James Hill stimulated the St. Paul economy. The Butler Firm was originally hired for railroad construction through the Dakotas, Montana and westward. It grew through local projects such as the state capitol to become a national and international construction firm. (Wingerd, 45)
The Butler name may be familiar as Pierce Butler II was a U S Supreme Court justice from 1922 to 1939. Fitzgerald and his sister, Annabel, were friends of the Pierce Butler family and shared summer fun with them at the Old Frontenac Resort on Lake Pepin in 1909.