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Plummer House, Rochester

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The Plummer House is the former residence of Dr. Henry Stanley Plummer and Daisy Berkman Plummer. Located in Rochester, Minnesota and originally called Quarry Hill, the English Tudor mansion stood on a 65acre estate which included a greenhouse, water tower, garage, and gazebo. The house is also called Henry S. Plummer House.Dr. Plummer, a Mayo Clinic partner and founder, worked very closely with Ellerby and Round, the architects of record, on the design of the house. The house includes many innovations that were quite novel for their time, including a central vacuum system, underground sprinkler system, intercommunications system, dumbwaiter, security system, electricity and gas lighting, the first gas furnace in the city, garage door openers, heated pool, water tower, and two underground caves going into the house and the water tower. The 5 story home is over 300ft long, with 49 rooms including 10 bathrooms, 9 bedrooms, a 3rd floor ballroom, pipe organ, and 5 fireplaces. This translates to over 10,000 square feet of living space and over 20,000 square feet total, including the basement. There is a 220 ft long by 18 ft wide underground passageway connecting the main house to the caretakers cottage at the bottom of the hill.After the death of Dr. Plummer in 1936, his wife, Daisy Berkman Plummer, and their two children, continued to live in the home until 1969. In 1971, Daisy Plummer and family gave the house with all its furnishings to the Rochester Art Center with the understanding that it would be operated as a Center for the Arts. Daisy Plummer envisioned her home to be used for music recitals and dance performances, as well as a setting for artists to create and show their work. This unique and generous gift, along with a small endowment, was a legacy of the generous spirit of the Plummer family. The Plummer House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
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  • The grounds are lovely! It's peaceful to walk the paths and explore all the little historical elements tucked among the landscape! Definitely take a tour if you get the opportunity!  more »
  • We were the only ones on the grounds during our before lunch walk about. It’s a beautiful place to explore and take in fresh air, sunshine or shade. A really lovely spot.  more »
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  • Beautiful sights, well taken care of. Big attraction for photography. Amazing Southwest Rochester view from the tower. I would recommend to anyone
  • Very nice buildings and grounds. I enjoyed my visit there very much. It was well worth the trip yhere.

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