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Look Inside: This Fairytale Mansion for Sale in Minnesota Has 7 Fireplaces and a Carriage House

published Sep 10, 2020
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Credit: Erik Mickelsen for Coldwell Banker Realty

The details

  • Address: 805 W 4th St., Red Wing, Minnesota
  • Price: $950,000
  • Size: 5,881 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 1 full, 4 half
Credit: Erik Mickelsen for Coldwell Banker Realty

Why we have a crush on this property

Not everyone has the singular privilege of living inside a building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places. This fairytale-like mansion for sale in Red Wing, Minn., is—but its historic designation is only one of its many stunning selling points.

The place was originally built in 1875 as a Second Empire mansion for a businessman named Theodore Sheldon. If you’re an architecture buff, you may know that Second Empire homes are characterized by mansard roofs. But this house doesn’t have one—just a protruding tower on the third level and a flat, open roof. That’s because sometime in the mid-1900s, the former mansard roof took on some water damage. Instead of paying to fix it, the owner eliminated the roof altogether, converting the mansion into the flat-top Italianate it is today. 

Credit: Erik Mickelsen for Coldwell Banker Realty

It’s an eye-catching home mansard roof or not. Stepping through the double front doors reveals an almost overwhelming amount of period details: intricate crown molding, built-ins, window shutters, pocket doors, and woodwork. The home has a total of seven fireplaces (and seven bedrooms), not to mention some seriously impressive contemporary chandeliers and one-of-a-kind wallpaper. Outside, there’s a carriage house around the back, and upstairs, that third-story tower opens to a lovely roof deck area. 

Credit: Erik Mickelsen for Coldwell Banker Realty
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This historical piece of eye candy is listed by Krista Wolter with Coldwell Banker Realty for $950,000.

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