For tens of thousands of Minnesotans whowalk and bike and paddle around Minneapolis sbeautiful Chain of Lakes every year, thelovely homes that surround these fine cityparks are as intriguing as the exquisite viewsof open space and sparkling water. "LegendaryHomes of the Minneapolis Lakes" invites readersinside twenty-eight of the most architecturallysignificant dwellings.
In these pages, photographer Karen Melvinand architectural writer Bette Hammelturn their attention to the finest homesaround Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake, LakeCalhoun, and Lake Harriet. Generous homeownershave opened their doors and sharedthe stories of construction, renovation, andinterior design. Featured architects includeHarry Wild Jones, Purcell and Elmslie, EdwinLundie, Close and Associates, Vincent James, and David Salmela.
From the Italianate entryway of the MartinHouse to the whimsical living room of theKaufman/Lacey House; from the Arts andCrafts kitchen of the Smith/Liepke House tothe Rand/McGlynn Phelps House s stunningformal dining room, "Legendary Homes of theMinneapolis Lakes" offers views of interest toall. This lavishly illustrated and informativebook answers the lake walker s burning question: I wonder what it s like in there.
Karen Melvin is an interiors and architectural photographer whose work has appeared in"Architectural Digest," "House Beautiful, ""Mpls.St.Paul Magazine," and "Woman s Day." Bette Hammelis an architectural journalist who has written for "Architecture Minnesota," "Mpls.St.Paul Magazine," "Midwest Home," and "Architectural Record.""
Legendary Homes of the Minneapolis Lakes
Minnesota Historical Society Press