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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

$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,

$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

$2,995,000

The Donaldson Mansion

1712 Mount Curve Avenue Minneapolis, , 55403
  • 12,195 sq ft
  • 7 beds
  • 9 baths

History of the Home   Built in 1906, this stunning home was designed for Lawrence Donaldson, who with his brother William, founded the Donaldson Department Store in Minneapolis. The architectural firm of Kees and Colburn was commissioned to design the family’s residence, known for a number of major works in Minneapolis including the Grain Exchange Building, Donaldson’s Office Building, and the Charles H. Harrington Mansion. They later designed the Loring Theater, the Ford Centre, and The Lowry, to name a few.   Constructed mainly of brick, the home is exquisitely detailed with a mixture of several design styles, the most prevalent being Arts & Crafts and Beaux Arts. Subtle design elements throughout the home, linked to Mr. Donaldson\’s Scottish heritage, feature the thistle. Probably the most identifiable symbol of all things Scottish, the flower can be found on

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