phpf9EnqFAn architectural tour of some of the finest homes in Minnesota situated around Minneapolis’s famed Chain of Lakes.

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For tens of thousands of Minnesotans who walk and bike and paddle around Minneapolis’s beautiful chain of lakes every year, the lovely homes that surround these fine city parks are as intriguing as the exquisite views of open space and sparkling water. Legendary Homes of the Minneapolis Lakes invites readers inside twenty-eight of the most architecturally significant dwellings.

In these pages, photographer Karen Melvin and architectural writer Bette Hammel turn their attention to the finest homes around Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake, Lake Calhoun, and Lake Harriet. Generous homeowners have opened their doors and shared the stories of construction, renovation, and interior design. Featured architects include Harry Wild Jones, Purcell and Elmslie, Edwin Lundie, Charles Stinson, Close and Associates, Vincent James, and David Salmela.

From the Italianate entryway of the Martin House to the whimsical living room of the Kaufman/Lacey House; from the Arts and Crafts kitchen of the Smith/Liepke house to the Rand/Mcglynn Phelps House’s stunning formal dining room, Legendary Homes of the Minneapolis Lakes offers views of interest to all. This lavishly illustrated and informative book answers the lake walker’s burning question: I wonder what it’s like in there.

Karen Melvin loves the light, a driving force in her photography as reflected in her passion for creating beautiful interiors. For twenty-seven years, Karen has photographed commercially for architects, interior designers, magazines, book publishers, and national advertising clients in the home products market. Karen lives in Minneapolis but enjoys downtime at her cottage on Lake Minnetonka with her husband and son.

Bette Jones Hammel is a freelance writer specializing in architecture and history. She is the author of From Bauhaus to Bow Ties: HGA Celebrates 35 Years and has published essays in 100 Places Plus 1: An Unofficial Architectural Survey of Favorite Minnesota Sites. Her work has often appeared in Architecture Minnesota, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Midwest Home, and Architectural Record.

Karen and Bette are also the authors of Legendary Homes Of Lake Minnetonka.

Available November 2012 from Minnesota Historical Society Press

Cloth, 224 pages, 250 color photos, $49.95

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