The Charles Keith Manor in Princeton

 902 1st Street, Princeton, MN

Built in 1905, this beautiful historic home was commissioned by Judge Charles Keith and designed by leading architect John Walter Stevens. Mr. Stevens is well known for his commercial buildings in St. Paul, as well as designing several homes on Summit Avenue and in the Ramsey Hill historic district.

Owner Charles Keith was born in Farmington, Maine in 1851, moving to Princeton, MN in 1873. He quickly became a prominent figure in the county being elected Justice of the Peace in 1875 and Probate Judge in 1876. After holding the latter position for 10 years, he studied law and was accepted to the bar in 1892. In addition to being a banker and lawyer, he also was an expert timber cruiser, surveyor, and lumber businessman.

Featuring a large lot with majestic trees and wrap around the porch, this amazing home retains most of its original historic elements. The Reception Hall walls are covered in the original lincrusta paper of a gold leafed nouveau design and features ceilings done in 3 inch metal leaf painted in deep red with oak design, as well as oak beamed ceilings and wainscoting.The most stunning room in the home is the formal dining room finished in dark oak paneling and beamed ceilings. The room is surrounded by a hand painted mural of pine forests highlighted with pinecone and bough stenciled designs in-between each ceiling beam as seen in the photo below.

 

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