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Jennifer Kirby

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Name | Jennifer Kirby
Email | Jkirby@theluxuryagent.com
Cell Phone | 651-785-3400
Company | Kirby Fine Homes
Address | 3800 American Blvd W
Suite 1500
City | Minneapolis
State | Minnesota
Zip Code | 55431
About | Since she was a young child, homes have held a special fascination with Jennifer. Growing up in a southern Indiana town renowned internationally for its architecture, her interest in historic homes became a passion. Eventually that led to restoration projects, her largest being an 1893 Queen Anne Victorian. At some point it had been converted to five apartments, but Jennifer and her husband brought it back to its original single family splendor. Since moving to Minnesota, Jennifer has created a special niche in the Twin Cities as a “Historic Home Specialist”. Clients quickly discover that her passion for old homes is a great advantage when it comes to marketing their home. While most agents just see them as another home to sell, Jennifer understands and appreciates the historical significance, architectural detail, and special story that each home possesses. She takes the time to research her historic home listings, digging deep into their pasts by utilizing historical societies, old documents, books, and even finding previous owners for important information. Buyers of old homes love the story behind them, and Jennifer is the perfect “story teller” to share it. Jennifer also takes it a step further by writing her blog Historic Homes of Minnesota. As a photographer, her camera is always at her side as she travels around Minnesota, just in case she comes upon an old church, historic home, or architectural masterpiece. She takes her finds, researches them, and places the stories on the blog. Jennifer is quickly becoming known as the local Storyteller for historic homes and the “go-to agent” for marketing historic real estate in the Twin Cities. She is a member of the Minnesota Historical Society, writes the Ramsey Hill Home Tour Book, and is an Old Home Certified instructor with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.

Listings

$1,700,000

The Wadsworth Williams House

1314 Mount Curve Avenue Minneapolis, , 55403
  • 9,365 sq ft
  • 8 beds
  • 8 baths

Be prepared to fall in love with the elegance and beauty of this Tudor Revival home and its abundance of natural light, original architectural details, spacious rooms, and beautiful grounds. Designed by architect William Kenyon for Wadsworth and Ida Williams in 1931, the home has known only three owners and is being offered for the first time in 45 years. Mr. Williams was born in 1875 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, moving to Minnesota in the late 1890’s to attend Carleton College in Northfield, graduating in 1900. At the time, Carleton College did not offer specific degrees, thus Wadsworth graduated with a study in Classics. (He later served on Carleton’s Board of Trustees from 1937-1959, and in the early 1960’s his widow, Mrs. Ida Bourne Williams, made a gift to Carleton for the creation of a

$425,000

The John Hutchinson House

305 2nd Street NW Faribault, , 55021
  • 5,177 sq ft
  • 6 beds
  • 8 baths

Sitting high on a lot amongst some of the oldest and most prestigious homes in Faribault is a lovely Queen Anne Victorian home that was built in 1892 for John Hutchinson, a prominent and successful businessman in the area. This “Painted Lady” features a unique three-story octagonal tower and an ornate porch which wraps around the front façade. Many of the original interior architectural elements survive such as pocket doors, gingerbread trim, inlaid hardwood floors, two elaborate fireplaces, and a beautiful decorative staircase (an amazing achievement for a home that at one time in its history was a boarding house and whose floorplan has been slightly altered over the years). The home was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1982 and is currently operating as the Historic Hutchinson House Bed and

$875,000

Historic Vasa Childrens Home

15251 Old Childrens Home Road Vasa Township, , 55089
  • 6200 sq ft
  • 7 beds
  • 5 baths

When Hans Mattson immigrated from Sweden and founded “Mattson’s Settlement” in 1853, along with other Swedish farmers, little did he know how his small town would hold so much hope for others. (He himself would become the Minnesota Secretary of State, serve in the Civil War, and become the United States Consul General of India). A decade later, after Reverend Eric Norelius founded the local Lutheran church, the true calling of the town began to unfold with the creation of what would become the first private children’s home in Minnesota. In 1865 Reverend Norelius learned of four children in St. Paul, recently immigrated from Sweden, that were orphaned and in need of care. Norelius brought them to Vasa and housed them in the basement of the Lutheran church. Not being adequate for long term living,

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