Landmark Arts and Crafts Mansion in Minneapolis
Sparked by a 19th-century movement to revive handicrafts, Arts and Crafts-style homes have a timeless appeal thanks to their quality construction and functional design. Homes in this style can range from cozy bungalows to ultra-luxurious mansions. For an example of the latter, we bring your attention to this magnificent estate in the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Listed By: Barry Berg Group of Coldwell Banker Burnet
Built in 1907 for department store magnate Lawrence Donaldson, the 12,000-square-foot residence remained in the Donaldson family until 1959. Sadly, the new owners auctioned off many decorative elements designed specifically for the home, including fireplace surrounds, light fixtures and Tiffany stained-glass windows. When the current owners purchased the property in 2000, they began the arduous process of restoring the home to its original grandeur, recreating architecture details and even tracking down some original furnishings.
While browsing photos of the refurbished estate, we found it impossible to tell what's old and what's new: Every detail -- from the intricately carved woodwork to the gold-leaf ceiling treatments -- looks like it could have been there from the beginning. One stand-out space is the cypress-paneled sun parlor (pictured above), which was designed by famed Arts & Crafts designer John Bradstreet.
New additions to the all-brick main house include a second-floor master suite with a customized walk-in closet and a lower-level media and billiards room. A tunnel connects the main house to a fully renovated, three-level carriage house, complete with a two-bedroom apartment.