"Random" was built by Rufus Rand, Sr., owner of the Minneapolis Gas Light Company, as a wedding present to his bride, Susan Mealey. Completed in 1884, the 30-room house was designed in the then-fashionable Queen Anne style by Mrs. Rand, the daughter of Minnesota State Senator Tobias Mealey, whose home was located next door on Old Territorial Road. The prominent site overlooking Monticello was a gift to the young couple from the bride's parents.
The estate's grounds featured an arboretum, swimming pool, and extensive flower gardens, with a quarter-mile long hedge of lilacs ringing its perimeter.
"Random" was used continuously as a summer and weekend retreat by the Rand family for more than 60 years. During World War II, the house and grounds were loaned to the Army Air Corps for use as officer's quarters for pilots receiving glider training in Monticello.
Following the war, the property passed through several hands before being acquired by Duffy and Merrill Busch in 1986. The house and grounds have since undergone total renovation, and have been featured frequently in local and national magazines, newspapers and guides.


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