Join us on Saturday, May 12th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the Twin Cities Bungalow Club’s annual celebration of vintage houses. The tour is a great way to get ideas for your own home; chat with like-minded homeowners and contractors; and cruise bungalow neighborhoods. Our architects and designers from the studio can answer questions, tell the story of the project, and share information about what it’s like to work with an architect.
1415 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul
Saturday, May 12th
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
See Twin Cities Bungalow Club Tour for more info
Thank you for visiting us on the 2018 Bungalow Home Tour! This charming Craftsman and Prairie-inspired Bungalow was constructed in 1913 for Charles Gedney, founder of the Gedney pickle company. It was later owned by the Kowalski family. The current owners are an attorney/part-time rancher, and an accomplished artist who specializes in western settings. Many of the paintings you see, including those over the fireplace and built into the dining room wall, are examples of her work. Their affinity for the west carries through in the furniture by Thomas Molesworth, an American designer who was pivotal in the creation of Western style furnishings.
The single-story layout allows for dramatic vaulted living and dining spaces separated by built-ins with leaded glass doors. What was originally an open dining porch was enclosed some time ago and now serves as the breakfast room. The bedrooms and bathrooms remain essentially as they were originally constructed.
The recent renovation, designed by David Heide Design Studio and constructed by Dovetail Renovation, encompassed the kitchen, breakfast room, walk-in pantry, and a small back porch, which was enclosed and now serves as a back entry. The cabinetry, built by Frost Cabinets, draws heavily from the original parts of the house, with a few western-styled details carefully incorporated to make it unique to the owners. Michael Pilla of Monarch Studios built the leaded glass panels which were inspired by the original pieces in the living areas. Trimbelle River Studio was commissioned to paint the wood friezes. Custom light fixtures were designed by David Heide Design Studio.
While the original layout of the house has remained largely unchanged, the door between the dining room and kitchen was moved to improve circulation. This afforded the opportunity to incorporate the large painting on the dining room side. We hope you enjoy this amazing historic treasure!