Vacant 1906 Donaldson House Sells for $1.4M in Minneapolis, MN (PHOTOS)

Vacant 1906 Donaldson House Sells for $1.4M in Minneapolis, MN

SOLD | Built 1906 | 9,574 Sq. Ft. | 5 Beds | 6 Baths | 0.53 Acres
1712 Mount Curve Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55403

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s historic Donaldson House has sold for $1.4 million after languishing on the market for a decade for as much as $6.5 million. The historic home was auctioned online in December 2020, however, bidding reached $965,000 with the reserve not met. The Lowry Hill landmark has been restored to its former glory. Unquestionably one of the finest properties in Minneapolis, this Arts & Crafts influenced residence was constructed in 1906 for Lawrence Donaldson and remained in the original family until 1959.

When the current owners purchased the home in 2000, they began the significant process of renovating and restoring the property to its original grandeur, retaining high quality craftsmen to recreate what could not be directly restored. The ornate all brick main residence features ten fireplaces, magnificent public rooms with wainscoting, art glass, carved woodwork and ceiling details, and a total of seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms throughout. Prominent among these rooms are its two John Bradstreet designed spaces including the signature cypress panelled sun parlour, and the oak panelled study whose chevron and lozenge-type marquetry is identical to the design of Glensheen, the legendary estate in Duluth.

Prominent in the renovation of the second floor is the master suite, complete with new full and half baths as well as a fully customized walk-in closet. The renovation of this floor also includes a thoughtfully designed library, adjoining office/study and rebuilt sleeping porch, as well as two additional bedrooms, each with its own fireplace. Additional bedrooms, including the original nursery with its rare Mother Goose fireplace tile, complete the third floor. Among the unexpected pleasures of the main residence is its newly constructed lower level media room and billiards room. The most recent listing stated the carriage house was not included in the sale. The Donaldson House was on the market for $1.45 million with Julie VanDerostyne of Keller Williams Integrity Realty – Minneapolis Lakes.

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