Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour


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.

Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour

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:

pro range

A beautiful 6-burner pro range, white inset cabinets, white subway tile backsplash


kitchen chalkboard wall

wall-o-chalk board

prairie style kitchen

prairie style built-in buffet

bathroom tile

Gorgeous gray bathroom tile

farm house sink

farm-house sink with traditional inset craftsman cabinetry

handmade kitchen backsplash

handmade backsplash tiles, white oak cabinets, granite countertops

kitchen bay window

Large south-facing bay window for herb garden

tile shower suround

Lovely small marble and glass attic shower tucked under the eave

bathroom vanity

double sink vanity with stained cherry cabinetry, granite countertop, and glass knobs

master bedroom remodel

attic master bedroom addition with dark wall, lots of windows, layered patterned bedding

pull-out shoe organizer

back entry mud area with pullout shoe storage

fold down mudroom bench

fold down teak shower bench used at back entry for putting on shoes

toe kick drawer step ladder

pull out toe kick drawer for storage of kitchen step-ladder

counter to ceiling tile

countertop to ceiling gray tile backsplash with stainless steel appliances and oiled soapstone counters

island stools

butcher block, painted green island, and industrial style stools

bathroom remodel

White beadboard chairrail, Kohler Memoire pedestal sink and toilet, hardwood floors, and recessed medicine cabinet


rooftop deck

Master bedroom walk-out deck


schmidt brewery lofts

Old Schmidt Brewery Lofts entry


schmidt brewery artist loft

Loft with exposed brick walls and large windows


kids playroom

tiny children’s playroom built into a dormer–cute!


blue glass backsplash tile

Blue mosaic glass tile backsplash, stainless steel sink, thick butcher block cutting board

craftsman style dining room

Craftsman built-in and Tiffany style chandelier

craftsman style room separater

Chunky craftsman room divider

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.

irvine park southern plantation style home

Greek Revival southern plantation style home built in 1851, the oldest standing home in St. Paul.

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.

wall and ceiling mural

wall paintings

black walls gold mirror

stained glass window

crystal light fixture

fireplace restoration

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.

bathroom restoration

claw foot tub


A few of the bedrooms had some cool old wallpaper.


wallpaper restoration

oil lamp

I love lamp

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.  🙂


One thought on “Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour

  1. […] We always have such a good time checking out some very nice homes! I like to see what real people are doing with their real homes. This is our 3rd year that we have participated (you can read about the previous tours here and here). […]

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