When Elav Ericsson

spied the property at 1205 Como Blvd. in 1915 he knew at once that this was the spot to build and start a family. Off in the distance he could hear the clatter of the streetcar which stopped just down the hill. Just beyond that the builders were putting the finishing touches on the grand Como Park Conservatory with its 20,000 panes of glass. The area around Como Lake was being developed as a park as part of the green space movement of the early 20th century.

It was a perfect location to build the family home that was later to become the Como Lake Bed & Breakfast.


Mr. Ericsson was a business owner and operated the Eden Valley creamery which was located a few blocks away on Lexington Parkway. He and his wife had two children, a daughter and son. The first wedding celebrated at 1205 Como Blvd. was Elav's daughter's.  Lillian got married in what is now called the Inglenook room, a sitting area by the fireplace at the base of the grand stairs. We've toasted many more brides and bridegrooms here since.

Elav Ericsson built the 2 story frame dwelling at 1205 W. Como Blvd at a cost of $6,000.