Faribault is home to many historically significant buildings and homes. One such home sits at the intersection of 1st Street SW and 4th Ave SW. The home, built by Thomas McCall in 1868, ties itself to the iconic St Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. How? McCall and his brother both stonemasons worked on the cathedral while it was being built, and then came to Rice County to assist in building homes, and buildings, including Faribault's City Hall, and the Episcopal Cathedral.

Thomas McCall, who built the home in 1868, used what was around to create the home. The house is made from limestone that was found nearby along Straight and Cannon Rivers, and you can see this same limestone used in buildings downtown as well.

What you see now, however, isn't what the home looked like when it was built. According to a post from the Facebook page Historic Design Consulting LLC, the home when it was originally built "featured a mansard roof and the characteristic tall and narrow windows, elaborate window hoods and brackets on a wide frieze. The home was remodeled around 1908 and the mansard roof was replaced with the hipped roof."

The home has been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places since 1990, more on that listing here.

I think we can all agree even with the changes that happened to the home in 1908, it is still a strikingly gorgeous home with long slender windows and cream-colored stonework. There is even a nice area to enjoy time away from work on the rooftop of the garage addition.

Image Credit: Google Maps
Image Credit: Google Maps

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