Historic Living Room in Minneapolis

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Living room by Swan Architecture
Photo by Scott Amundson

When Andrea Peschel Swan stepped into a 1915 home in Minneapolis, she knew it would be no ordinary remodel. “The house had settled about a foot from one end to the other,” says Swan, an architect and owner of Swan Architecture in Minneapolis. Poor insulation and a poorly positioned fireplace posed additional challenges.

Originally built for Alvin Gluek of local tavern fame (Gluek’s is the oldest restaurant in downtown Minneapolis), the American foursquare-style home was designed by architect C. A. Boehme, who designed other local residences and buildings during the early 20th century, including Holman Methodist Church in St. Paul and The Monte Carlo in Minneapolis. The owners wanted to bring the space into the 21st century with a modern yet warm and comfortable feel.

After reframing and reinsulating, and installing new walls, floors, windows, and electrical wiring with contractor Dovetail Remodeling Inc., designers added white millwork to brighten and unify spaces throughout the home. In the living room, Billy Beson Interiors replaced the old fireplace with a Venetian plaster candle feature wall and added bright pops of red d├ęcor to accent cream-colored walls and cream and taupe seating. A whimsical Czech-made chandelier adds interest and pays homage to the owners’ heritage.

Swan says she is proud of her clients for considering all options and, in the end, holding true to their distinct vision for each space. “It’s a home that has meaning for them now, designed exclusively for them.”

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