Crane Island Retreat

A summer cottage that perfectly encapsulates the lake tradition, this new house has the look and feel of a 1910 cottage, fitting in unobtrusively with its neighbors on Crane Island. We employed the scale, proportion, details, and materials of buildings of that early era as precedent in our design. An expansive screened porch adds to the leisure feeling of “cottage.”

Modern conveniences blend seamlessly with the design of the building. For example, the television in the living room hides behind a panel, operated by an historic window sash pulley and weight system.

For years, Crane Island on Lake Minnetonka has been the summer destination for city dwellers, moving to its cooler lake communities. Desiring a return to this lifestyle, our clients now spend long summer weekends on the island.

The island is small—only about 20 cottages—most of which were built at the beginning of the last century. Being there affords an extraordinary moment of pure timelessness.


Location

Minnetrista, Minnesota

Photography

Susan Gilmore

Builder

McKendry Construction