A Piece of St. Paul History in the 21st Century

Carl Schuneman, an attorney and heir to the Schuneman & Evans Department Store in St. Paul, commissioned the architectural partnership of Allen H. Stem and Roy H. Haslund to build his family’s new home in the early 1920s. Stem is most well-known for designing Grand Central Station in New York with his partner, Charles Reed. The two also designed many local landmarks, including the University Club, St. Paul Athletic Club, and St. Paul Hotel.

Stem and Haslund’s design for the Schuneman home incorporated cut stone trim, semi-hexagon bay windows, and a steep slate roof. The design was, and remains, unique for the area. Nearly 100 years later, a multi-year restoration and rejuvenation project was led by local preservationist Ed Conley. His goal was to seamlessly blend the fine architectural details, original craftsmanship, and vintage charm of the home with modern conveniences. The finished product is a gorgeous home that shines with the patina of yesteryear, blended with 21st-century technology.

Visitors to the home are greeted by a grand staircase winding to the upper floors, as well as a light and airy first floor that is perfect for entertaining. The library’s original woodwork was painstakingly restored by Conley’s team. In the formal dining room, he incorporated light fixtures that originally hung in the Minnesota Governor’s Residence. The kitchen was designed to reflect the period of the house while integrating modern appliances in an updated layout.

The home also features a spacious master suite with a breathtaking master bathroom, five fireplaces, a whole-home audio system with Sonos, an in-law/nanny suite, a striking back yard and patio, as well as a wine cellar. A video of the property, additional photos, and information are available at www.489GrandHill.com.

Special thanks to the Summit Hill Neighborhood Association for its research into the history of the home. Photo credit: Spacecrafting.

Norton Realty Inc.
Steve Norton