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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 roughly 23,000 square feet, 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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  • This is a beautiful place to visit in the spring and summer when the gardens are in bloom. Even when the house is not open for tours you can walk around the ground, great place for pictures and a picn...  more »
  • I had read that this was not available to tour inside, unless you schedule a private group function or tour, later in the year. We went up to the grounds, because you can walk the trails in the garden...  more »
  • 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 »