This weeks Historic Home is located at 489 Grand Hill in St Paul, Minnesota.
The home was built for Carl Schuneman, the owner of Schuneman’s Department Store in downtown Saint Paul. The design was inspired by his wife who wanted to feel like she was back on the East Coast. Allen H. Stem, from the local St Paul firm, Reed and Stem was hired as the architect, who you might recognize as one of the architects of Grand Central Station in New York.
Built in the Tudor Revival style, the architectural details make the home stand out in a neighborhood of Queen Annes. Those details include the steeply pitched gable dormers, the two semi-hexagonal two story bays on the front facade of the home, and the stonework on the outside.
The home is quite large on the inside, having 11 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, and five fireplaces. The current owner purchased the home in 1995 and hosts events for the Institute of Vocal Artistry on the main floor, an area that also saw vocal performances by Carl Schuneman’s daughter.