A Minneapolis home with a Zen vibe on the market for $ 3.38 million


Addy Dewey is an art dealer, while her husband, David Dewey, is an art collector.

So it’s no surprise that their home has an artistic vibe and features well-chosen details.

When the couple purchased the Charles Frederick Keyes Lakefront Home from the Islands eight years ago, they wanted to conserve and restore the important elements of the Craftsman / Queen Anne Halfway House while bringing it into the modern era. .

The previous owner had strived to historically preserve the house at a time when teardowns were becoming more common, and the Deweys wanted to honor those efforts.

“We liked the look and the architectural integrity. It has a nice balance and proportions,†said David. “But we were also interested in the house because we didn’t think it had been so renovated.”

They embarked on a renovation soon after purchasing the place, and their efforts paid off. Ultimately, the house was named the winner of the 2017 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award.

A well-organized renovation

To accomplish such a feat, the Deweys hired Rehkamp Larson Architects to come up with a design.

On the historic side, the front and side façades have been brought back to the original appearance of the house from 1904. The cedar shingle siding has been restored and the original windows have been retained. The porch has also been restored to look like the real era of the house.

“It was a requirement of the heritage foundation not to change the front and side façades, which we didn’t want to do anyway,†David said.

While three of the facades have retained a historic appearance, the biggest transformations have taken place inside, as well as in the backyard.

The layout has been reconfigured from top to bottom and received a modern twist through a careful selection of materials and sculptural design touches, while making sure to preserve important details such as the house’s original moldings.

“The interior house was a block of small space, which is typical of turn-of-the-century homes,†David said. “We just wanted to open the whole thing up. One thing I love is being able to see the view of the house from end to end. When you walk through the front door, you can see straight into the garden. “

In addition to opening up the floor plan, another big change was a two-story addition in the back which added 1,700 square feet.

The addition allowed for a new kitchen, dining room and cloakroom on the ground floor. Glass walls have been included to merge the interior and exterior, as well as providing a view of the Lake of the Islands and the garden.

For better function and layout, the staircase was relocated with a new lime tree stairwell, leading to the upstairs bedrooms which included a new master suite.

Zen art and atmosphere

Art lovers also wanted prominent places to display works of art as well as a way to attach the freestanding garage to the home. The addition took care of both, connecting the two spaces with a modest gallery room with a place for rotating paintings.

“You might not even know that there was an addition when you look at the exterior. It was done in a more contemporary way, but it blends very well with the period architecture”, David said. “But when you take a closer look and see 10 to 12 foot glass windows and sliding glass doors, it’s contemporary. It’s a really good mix of old and new. Instead of just replicating. the old one, we were able to “get creative.

A house is his sanctuary, and the Deweys took that to the next level by creating spaces for introspection and reflection.

The house has a marble spa and a Zen-inspired master bathroom. Then there is the courtyard.

“We have Japanese trees. And I had a guy who knows a lot about Japanese gardens helped me with the placement of stones and things like that,†David said. “It’s not strictly a Japanese garden, but it has that feel. And then I made sure to add some elements of our own. It has a very natural feel.â€

Closure hour

While the couple loved their home, it’s time to let go.

The Dewey’s are moving to Seattle, so they’ve listed their 4,200-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom home in the East Isles.

“I’m originally from Washington state and I still have family there,†David said. “And it’s also easier access to Hong Kong, where we live part of the year.”

Listing agent Bruce Birkeland said the fluidity of the spaces particularly stands out.

“It’s very reminiscent of that impressionist movement, it just has that feel. Then they have this antique piece where they blend it with this modern component,†he said. “The way they did the renovation is very congruent even though it’s two different rooms. It’s very unusual. A lot of times you walk into a house and it looks like you’ve added an addition.”

Birkeland added that it pays to have two art lovers living here.

“You have collectors and art dealers, and it makes sense that they have a house like this. Art profits from the house and the house profits from art. It is synonymous,†he said. he declared.

And just like a well-thought-out gallery, the spaces in the home are meant to be timeless so that the displays can change as needed.

While the Dewey’s style is a mix of old Asian and contemporary Western art and furniture, the space is essentially a blank canvas.

“We kept it simple and made the house in a way that isn’t too demanding with what should go in there,†David said. “That way you can put your own stamp on it with style and decor.”

Bruce Birkeland (612-414-3957; [email protected]) of the Bruce Birkeland group of Coldwell Banker Realty owns the $ 3.38 million SEO.


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