Watkins Residence of Winona

The Watkins Home, built by Paul & Florence Watkins between 1924-27, is now operated as Watkins Manor, an assisted living community of nearly 60 senior apartments in Winona, Minnesota. Paul is our g-grandfather and the 5th great grandson of our immigrant ancestor, Thomas Watkins of Boston, Massachusetts. The property is located at 175 E. Wabasha Street (photo by Jonathunder)

The Watkins Home, Winona, Minnesota (photo by Jonathunder)

The Watkins Residence, built by Paul & Florence Watkins between 1924-27, is now operated as Watkins Manor, an assisted living community of nearly 60 senior apartments in Winona, Minnesota.  Paul is my g-grandfather and the 5th great grandson of my immigrant ancestor, Thomas Watkins (1629-1689) of Boston, Massachusetts.  The property is located at 175 E. Wabasha Street.  A sign marking the site reads as follows:

THE WATKINS MANOR HOUSE “The house that vanilla built” – Paul and Florence Watkins started construction of the Manor House in 1924, with completion in 1927. Paul was the nephew of J. R. Watkins, the founder of Watkins Products and became the company’s second president in 1911. Paul and Florence traveled the world, purchasing tapestries, paintings, sculptures, stained glass medalions, chandeliers and numerous other objects of exceptional beauty, many of which can still be seen in the mansion. The Tudor-style English Manor showcases the magnificent Great Hall, home to a Steinway Grand Piano and a rare Aeolian Organ.

The following photos include both exterior and interior views of the Watkins residence in Winona, Minnesota.  The photos were taken on 20 Apr 1928 by [unknown] Fowler (originals in the archives of the Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, Minnesota 55102; Location: I.346, 77 photoprints: B&W 8×10 inch):

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