See more of the story

The charming porte-cochere, the sheltered entrance where a horse-drawn carriage dropped off passengers, is still attached to this 1905 Summit Avenue mansion. And the original carriage house remains in the backyard.

But the homeowners have elegantly melded the past and the present with functional renovations to meet the needs of their large family.

The 8,964-square-foot brick home, combined with the 2,000-square-foot two-level carriage house, provides more than 10,500 square feet of living space.

The well-preserved Jacobean Revival house by St. Paul architect Clarence Johnston (who also designed the Glensheen mansion in Duluth) is a neighborhood standout and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the historic Hill District. Real estate magnate Carlos Boynton built it for an estimated $26,000 in 1905.

Other features:

•Formal English gardens.

•Honduran mahogany woodwork, intricately carved by German craftsman William Yungbauer.

•Three fireplaces.

•Third-floor ballroom converted into a media room.

•Stained-glass windows in many rooms.

•Updated kitchen with custom cabinetry and hardwood floors.

•Eight bedrooms, including one in the carriage house.

•Apartment with a lower-level kitchen.


Mary Hardy of Edina Realty has the listing, 651-225-3903; To have a unique listing considered for a Homegazing feature, please send digital photos and a description to: