The gorgeous and historic Donaldson Mansion in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was built in 1906, and over $6 million was spent on its renovation and improvements. It’s on the market, and the agent created a video tour of the house that imagines what it may have been like to live there 100 years ago. Take a look!
The Donaldson Mansion
The listing says:
This stunning home was designed for Lawrence Donaldson, who founded the Donaldson Department Store in Minneapolis. Constructed mainly of brick, the home is exquisitely detailed with a mixture of several design styles, the most prevalent being Arts & Crafts and Beaux Arts.
“In 1916, the carriage house was completed with four large carriage stalls, a second floor apartment, a number of work rooms, and a connecting tunnel.”
The agent says:
The estate was subdivided into six separate lots in 1959 when it was sold by the Donaldson family. The main house was bought by the current owners in 2000, who later that year acquired the original northwest hillside lot extending down to Kenwood Parkway, and in 2001 the carriage house. With three of the six lots reunited, the land totals just over an acre, or 44,792 square feet, representing one of the largest residential properties in Minneapolis.
“Some of the highest quality craftsman and artisans were employed to bring the home back to life.”
“Subtle design elements throughout the home, linked to Mr. Donaldson’s Scottish heritage, feature the thistle. Probably the most identifiable symbol of all things Scottish, the flower can be found on the facade of the house, the entry columns, above the entry door, on the chimneys, in the living room Tiffany window, and more!”
The house has 7 bedrooms, 7 baths, and 12,195 square feet.
“Over time, the original gold-leafed ceilings had been painted over, the custom-made Tiffany light fixtures were auctioned off, and the once-sprawling yard had been subdivided.”
Designer John Bradstreet created this Japanese-inspired Sun Parlor:
A Video Tour That Takes the Mansion Back in Time:
It imagines what it may have been like to visit the house in the early 1900s.
I thought it was fun to see the rooms switch to “the old days” in the video. It gives you a sense of what it might be like to live there then (or now!). The mansion is listed for $3.199 million. For more photos and information, check the the listing held by Jennifer Kirby.