April 28, 2014 by Sarah
The Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour took place this weekend. The weather wasn’t great but there were still plenty of diehards out and about taking in the home remodeling gloriousness.
Adrian and I made it to several of the home on this years tour mostly in the Mac-Groveland, Highland, and W 7th neighborhoods of Saint Paul. There was several more that we didn’t get to in town, and we didn’t end up crossing the river.
Here are some of the highlights and snippets from the homes was saw:
The last house we saw was the oldest home on the tour. It is located at 223 Walnut St. in Irvine Park in St. Paul and was recently sold to the current owners who are starting the restoration process. Adrian and I have been walking around this neighborhood for the past few years each summer and we both have always thought this particular house looked a little spooky. I was pretty excited to see the inside.
The MSP Home Tour had the follow description of the house:
“The Wright Prendergast House was built in 1851 when Minnesota was a territory, the oldest surviving residence in Saint Paul still standing in its original location. In the only remodel in 1906, the original home was turned 90 degrees and the Greek Revival style portico was added. Marble mantles, chandeliers and stained glass windows added then are remnants of the grandiose Kittson Mansion, razed over a hundred years ago. Hand stenciled clouds float over crystal chandeliers and fairytale children chase ducks with the backdrop of castles in what were likely the children’s rooms upstairs. We purchased the home last October, have been cleaning and polishing, and are excited to share it as an example of what a historic restoration looks like before the magic happens. Presented by Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.”
Even some of the furnishings that were originally purchased by the first owners were still there.
The bathroom was amazing–had the original tub and shower from when it was plumbed for indoor facilities. The shower was particularly cool with the solid marble surround and porcelain basin.
A few of the bedrooms had some cool old wallpaper.
The house did give off a sort of weird haunty vibe. We weren’t really fans–but it was fun to see. I will not be sleeping there.
Overall the tour was a success. We are planning on going to the Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour next year as well. Actually, we are toying with the idea of entering our own home in the tour within the next few years depending on how much work we are able to get done. Did anyone else make it out for the tour? I am hoping the weather cooperates a little better next year–hopefully this monsoon ends by then.
p.s. Some of you may have seen my recent FB post showing our freshly installed quartz countertops! A post about our entire experience with ordering DIY quartz countertops from Menards is coming soon.