Of Talking Walls. . .
You might recall that my husband and I are in the process of house hunting. During the past several months we’ve had the privilege of exploring much of southeastern Minnesota on our quest to find our future home. Of course, my love for history transcends my common sense much of the time as it affects our house hunt, and I find marvelous homes of all sizes and shapes, often distressed beyond our ability to repair and frequently with incredibly out-dated utilities. The most recent was equipped with “gravity heating” which, basically means that the vents do not use a fan or filter but strategic angling to redirect hot air from one area of the house to another. Probably lovely in a mild, temperate area, but I have a feeling that here in Minnesota it would be not only impractical but a vehicle to further the bad reputation of drafty, creaky old houses. And. I. Fall. In. Love. Each. And. Every. Time. I. See. One.
Of course, the hunt isn’t all heartbreak (the heartbreak comes when my ever practical husband explains what it would take to install new ventilation, or a new foundation, or whatever the problem seems to be…). No, it has afforded me some magnificent opportunities to find and look at houses I never knew existed. Some magnificent milestones in Minnesotan residential architecture.
This amazing mansion located in the Lowry neighborhood of Minneapolis is a daunting 8761 Square feet! It took four years to build and construction began on the giant in 1905. It was built by Architect William Kenyon (1863-1940) for Lumber Baron William Bryant. Designed with every aspect of comfort in mind, the home features beautiful inlaid marble floors and five custom fireplaces. It was also designed for privacy, secret panels conceal passage ways throughout the home. Apparently, an attractive quality to the abundantly rich in the early twentieth century as this house has certainly played its role in high-society in Minneapolis in the past hundred years.
All though, certainly less extravagant, this gorgeous Tudor style home in Minneapolis boasts many beautiful original details along with a lot of modern updates. Love the exterior of this home.
This beautiful brick exterior melts my heart. This home is the oldest in Carver County, it has been completely restored but it has certainly managed to maintain it’s original charm. It has it’s original doors from 1865. It really appears no detail was overlooked in the restoration. Breath-taking.
I have one more to share. It’s actually my very favorite one, but I have so much to tell you it deserves it’s own post. So, I guess you’ll have to check back soon to see it!