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William H. Phipps and his wife, Frances, built the mansion at 1005 Third St. in 1884. "(It) is without a doubt one of the showplaces in Hudson and continues to be one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture to be found in the St. Croix Valley," wrote Willis H. Miller, the late editor and publisher of the Hudson Star-Observer. Submitted photo

The Phipps mansion is 125 years old


August is an anniversary month for the owners of the Phipps Inn.

It was 125 years ago that William H. Phipps and his wife, Frances, built Hudson's grand dame of Queen Anne Victorian mansions at 1005 Third St.

And on Aug. 29, Rich and Mary Ellen Cox will begin their 10th year of operating the house as a luxurious bed and breakfast inn. They also are celebrating 40 years of marriage.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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