Minnesota Nice Homes: Pillsbury mansion in Minneapolis is a stone masterpiece

The 115-year-old home has a myriad of standout features.
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While the Pillsbury estate on Lake Minnetonka is no more, there's another remnant of the famous flour family in Minneapolis that's very much alive.

The limestone, Tudor-revival mansion at 116 22nd Street East is just across Washburn Fair Oaks park from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, in the Whittier neighborhood.

It holds a place in Minneapolis history, having been built in 1903 by Alfred Pillsbury, the only son of Pillsbury co-founder John S. Pillsbury.

It has stunning architectural features throughout, including a curved, quarter sawn oak staircase, while its lower level is filled with "secret passageways."

Also found on the lower level, among its many standout features, is a 17th Century library imported all the way from England.

This library leads to a room dubbed "The Vault," which it originally was, but has since been transformed into a small party room with an adjoining "Tequila Room."

The Vault also provides access to the property's wine cellar through a pair of disguised entry doors.

The home's 10,600 square feet of floorspace includes six bedrooms, among them a sprawling master bedroom suite that has its own sitting room, full bathroom and a separate dressing room with a sink.

A second bedroom suite, meanwhile, comes with a bathroom and a kitchenette.

Looking for a home within a home? This one's got it on the third level, which has a private guest apartment with a bedroom, full bath, kitchen and living room.

For more information about the house, call Steve Havig at Lakes Area Realty at 612-874-1916 and by email steve@lakesarearealty.com.

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