Pillsbury Mansion: ghosts, garages, and off-the-run limestone

by Alex Stenback on October 22, 2008

After spending years at cross purposes with it’s original intent – as an office, then boarding house – the Pillsbury Mansion, built by the son of Pillsbury founder John Pillsbury, is once again a private residence (and more.)

Star-Tribune’s Kim Palmer Elaborates:

When they bought the house in 2002, the original mahogany woodwork was intact, but the structure itself needed major repairs. The roof leaked, the plaster ceilings were damaged and the antiquated electrical system was due for an update. The Camarenas, who have restored several older houses, decided to tackle this one.

"It’s our hobby," Melissa said. "Some people go boating and have cabins. We renovate houses."

There’s a photo gallery we wish was three times bigger, and we learned:

  • That the new garage was built using no-longer-quarried Platteville Limestone recovered from an old church.
  • There are friendly ghosts that brush into guests and appear in mirrors.
  • The lower level library was shipped from England.
  • What a Porte Cochere is, and how it was made into a kitchen.

Pillsbury Mansion Reborn, Repurposed [Strib]

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