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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, 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 and 5 fireplaces.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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  • Self-tour done in 35 min. Lots of artifacts from Mayo brothers & clinic history. Very architecturally beautiful building inside & out. Well-worth your time...  more »
  • I had relatives visiting and wanted to show off some of the Rochester history as this is a fine example of historical wealth and privilege. This is a very beautiful mansion high on a hilltop with love...  more »
  • It is a beautiful place to go visit, even for locals! I love to take my kids there for pictures, or even to just walk the grounds and look at all of the beautiful flowers and brick and stone structure...  more »
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  • Beautifully peaceful garden retreat... with good phone reception! Great place to relax for a while when near the Mayo Clinic. The house is only open on Weds afternoons, but access to the gardens is all day, every day.
  • Beautiful location and building. We were there for a wedding. Only wish it had AC.
  • Delightful location. Great for small, intimate events.
  • I had my senior pictures taken here and the grounds around the house are beautiful and perfect for senior pictures, wedding pictures, engagement pictures you name it.
  • Picturesque location, solitude in the heart of the city