266 Summit Avenue is an outstanding example of the Queen Anne style of architecture. The house was built in 1884 for $25,000 by Frederick Driscoll, grandfather of Fitzgerald playmates the Driscoll twins, Donald and Egbert. Driscoll was a partner with J A. Wheelock in the St. Paul Press, (later the Pioneer Press). In 1889, he built St. Paul’s first skyscraper, the 12-storey Pioneer Press Building.
This home’s picturesque elements include a high-pitched roof with dormers and tall pilastered chimneys, a variety of window treatments, and a stair tower. The main entrance has been remodeled with an Art Deco flair. Its smooth red pressed brick probably came from Chicago or St. Louis; its brownstone blocks from the Lake Superior region - a nod to St. Paul as both a river and railroad transportation center.
In 1900 Frederick Weyerhauser, partner with James. J. Hill in western timber holdings, bought the house, the second of many owners.