Kenwood Queen Anne

The homeowners wanted to do right by the pedigree of this 1892 Queen Anne residence (designed by Harry Wild Jones), but also make it more functional for their busy family. It had been converted into a boarding house around World War II, leaving it without a full-scale, workable family kitchen. It had also fallen into disrepair—many original details remained, but were deteriorated or altered. Our task was to make the house a functional single-family residence once again.

Paying meticulous attention to special features and details, our Studio sought to restore the house’s original grandeur. A 3.5-story addition to the rear of the house fits effortlessly with the original and was inspired by the historic structure.

The ultimate goal was to create inviting, functional spaces that felt timeless but also evoked the vibrant history of the residence; it was also important that it continue to evoke a sense of place in keeping with its surroundings in the historic Kenwood neighborhood.

The key was finding the right balance of restoration and evolution—to respect the home’s historic integrity but completely update it for modern life. In the original house every room was updated from the floorboards up, and all renovation work preserved and restored key historic element, including the original fireplaces, art glass, and millwork. The original staircase was disassembled and completely rebuilt using as much of the original material as possible.


Location

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Photography

Susan Gilmore

Builder

Welch Forsman

Cabinetry

Frost Cabinets