The Eugene J. Carpenter house had fallen into disrepair before John Kistler of Minnesota discovered it as his next passion project. The historic home featured 17,000 square feet of property, which includes 5,000 square feet of its vintage carriage house. Much of the property was either unfinished or unfit for prospective buyers before John Kistler found it, but his dedicated work and his vision for its future has seen the Carpenter house restored to its former glory.
John Kistler of Minnesota has for years been an ally to the historic properties around his home state and has lent his talent for restoration projects for years, helping housing marvels avoid demolition. He and others working to preserve historical landmarks partner with public agencies, businesses, municipal organizations and more to keep properties from falling into neglect. Without their effort, grand historical homes like the Eugene J. Carpenter house would be lost to time and the elements.
Eugene Carpenter was a Minneapolis lumberman who served as vice chairman of the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, which eventually established the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The Carpenter house showcases the Georgian Revival style of architecture and was designed for Eugene and his family by the prominent Minneapolis architect Edwin Hewitt over a hundred years ago.
Originally constructed in 1906, John Kistler affirms the house remained in the Carpenter family until 1946. Since then, it has passed through the hands of several owners who’ve left their marks on the property, many of which demean the original character of the house. In 1977, the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places for its rich history and iconic representation of the Georgian Revival style. Within the last ten years or more it served mainly as an office space before owners attempted to divide up its sections and sell the property as a single-family home.
John Kistler of Minnesota had bigger plans for the property than its division or sale to any single owner, however. He laid out a plan to convert the home into a bed and breakfast, which would help to bring in a profit for continual upkeep while honoring the original architecture and allowing visitors to admire its beauty during their stay. To restore it to its original glory, John Kistler helped craft plans to rebuild the porch that had been torn down, repaint the home, and conduct extensive woodwork and rockwork around the property.
Today, visitors from around the world can commend and appreciate the work of John Kistler of Minnesota and the Minneapolis-based Adsit Architecture and Planning – as well as the restored architecture of Edwin Hewitt – at the 300 Clifton B&B.