A Preservationist's approved 1916 Bryant Bungalow

Mary & Andrew's 1916 Craftsman Bungalow could be immediately entered into the historic home tour.

4008 Park Ave S, Bryant Neighborhood, Mpls  

$299,999    l    1,152 foundation/ 1725 total    l    $3,309 tax    l    blt. 1916  l    3bd/2ba

She is a sprawler- deceptively large is the californian bungalow, our favorite style of home for two reasons- (1) footprints are enormous, much larger than majority of two stories formats from the period; (2) ceiling heights are commonly 9-10' on the main, giving the common areas on the main an even more grand feel. 

It's exterior has been thoughtfully preserved, each original window has restored storms with new glazing and sash kits.  New windows in the home are seamless into the style and time period with correct grills and original storms.  

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Notice the soffit detail of the exposed truss & tongue/groove- one of the largest mistakes made across all craftsman era neighborhoods in the 80s-90s

(one that we're passionate about undoing) 

Contractors from suburban movement of the era would apply sheet-metal louvered covers to the soffits, selling owners on the escape from paint restoration.  When we see them in their originality and preserved, its a benchmark for the type of owner that lives inside.

Everything about the entry detail is so 19-teens.   The peak of the era for millwork and patience in passionate craftsmanship.  Textures of the thick stucco with smooth buttress frames, a lamp from the period still glows as your guests enter for years to come.  

The tone of 4008 Park is set at the entrance, a seamless blend of originality, while tucked behind the original restored storm door, is a newly installed energy rated front door, selected custom with matching window styles.  

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Like many early bungalows, the formality of generous foyer greets you upon entry.  The beveled mirror closet is a pass through to the main floor den, and is richly finished with custom closets and lighting throughout.  

A trio of tall piano windows spill light into the greeting room.  Main floor alone has functioning swing-in pianos that flank the fireplace, the dining, and the entry, nine in total, all flawlessly restored beyond their original state from 1916.

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Detail photo of the storm windows are below.  Acheiving this level of rebirth with your classic home is why our brokerage exists.

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View below from the entry, the classical craftsman hearth room is as cozy as they come, symitrrical bookshlevbes flank the wood burner.

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Original 1916 brick mix,  so refreshing to see original masonry that wasnt painted over by a trend chasing owner.  The mix of green hue bricks are actually now extinct, as asbestos was used in the mix to land on that color.  

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Social flow in this bungalow is outstanding.  Avoiding the tragic and overplayed flipper-flopper "open concept", visual openness without awkward atrium space is the result of the kitchen pass through in craftsman trim.

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We encourage the dressing of your windows in tall panels, and the hanging of art in a classic home really ties the natural elements together.

Home should be a place that calls to you, giving you the feeling that your exactly where you’re supposed to be. That is the feeling we had upon first entering our bungalow on Park.
— Mary Cooke
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Sun room is Mary and Andrew's vinyl lounge, a fitting setting to explore the richenss of vintage hifi.

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We love our original piano windows & one of our favorite things is spending Sunday mornings sipping coffee in our sunroom.
— Andrew Cooke
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Because of the large master suite, one of the main floor bedrooms works fabulously as a media den, removing the racket and impolite nature of the television from the richly appointed common spaces in the bungalow.

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The scroll below depicts the dining and kitchen.  The second photo shows the art of local modern painter Garrett Perry.  

We are beginning a partnership with emerging young artists to showcase their works amongst the interiors of Rare Form.

The artwork changed the entire mood of my home, upon arrival it brought me to tears.
— Mary Cooke after seeing Garrett Perry's work installed in her dining

We are beginning a partnership with emerging young artists to showcase their works amongst the interiors of Rare Form.

This is a planned transition with our clients to reach beyond architectural influences and into the world of contemporary art.  

Hands down the best photo of the shoot is below.  The burled oak trim, against the subway tile and golden oak butcher block.  In the backdrop is a painting of Mary's mother by an impressionist from South Carolina, which rests in a fitting brass frame above the brass radiator ci. 1916.

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The semi-flush overhead fixture is period 1916 and remains intact in the den.

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The master bath is a situation in this price level that has no business being an expecation of any buyer.  Walk-in travertine shower, heated floors with immense soaking tub, and private toilet area with reading niche and pocket door.  

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Interior to exterior flow was addressed nicely in the kitchen, as newly added steps and deck await you with west facing sun.

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The greenspace is no slouch, wrapped in cedar privacy to make your outdoor area as private as your great room.  Andrews background in landscaping boded well for 4008, as the lawn became a gathering space.  

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We would like to thank Mary & Andrew, for executing our pre-list checklist, and allowing the passing of their bungalow to be a celebration, as they embark on their next journey of architectural preservation in Minneapolis.