The house at 370 Summit Avenue was built in 1909 for John and Mary Mitchell. Designed by Clarence Johnston, the home is Georgian in style, and cost around $15,000 to construct. John R Mitchell was born in January of 1868 in Franklin Pennsylvania. He married Mary Ella Lamberton and together they raised three children. John was president of the Capital National Bank of Saint Paul, and also had interest in banks in Duluth and Winona. Mary died on July 29th, 1909, in Saint Paul, and left behind her husband and three kids. John was remarried to Adelia S. Anderson, and by 1920 was still living at 370 Summit Avenue with his wife, two of his children, a step daughter, and three servants. On April 27th, 1921, president Warren G. Harding appointed John as a member of the federal reserve board. By 1930 John and Adelia were living in Minneapolis, renting a house on East 24th Street. He lived in Minneapolis until his death on January 31st, 1933.