Petit Point

PETIT POINT built for Alice Todd Tisdale   1928

In 1928 Alice Todd Tisdale gathered photos and descriptions of early American buildings and their furnishings and resolved to build a Colonial home in a rural area of St. Louis Park. The Tisdales and Minneapolis architect Carl Stravs designed a 1720s Pennsylvania farmhouse-style home just west of the Minikahda Golf Course. The home sits on 2 lots and backs up to Bass Lake, a 60 acre cattail wetland.

The 1928 house looks deceptively simple from the outside, but inside one is transported into another time. Enter through a heavy door with a charming woodpecker doorknocker, past country themes reverse-painted on small glass panes; could they have been painted by the infamous Marjorie Congdon, a fan of Pennsylvania Dutch design and the owner of the house from 1955-57?

The large living room runs the width of the house, and the ceiling is crossed by solid, hand-hewn beams evoking strength and solidity. The great stone chimney and hearth is made of varicolored stones, rough slit, with a mantel eight feet long. The floor is of random width oak boards.

The five-windowed sunroom/dining room features upper walls and ceiling of rough plaster mixed with straw above pine boards. A tin multi-candle holder lights the table for diners. Upstairs there are three small bedrooms, each with unique features. One in particular is “finished like an attic;” the ceiling runs to a peak with exposed rafters and notched beams. The door is curved at the top to accommodate two diamond-pained windows.

Welcome to Petit Point

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