The William Sauntry Mansion in Stillwater is one of 22 Minnesota residences featured in Larry Millet’s most recent-selling book, “Minnesota’s Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes” (Minnesota Historical Society Press, $49.95).
Designed and built between 1880 and 1883 for one of Stillwater’s renowned lumber barons, the William Sauntry Mansion at 626 4th Street North reflects the original owner’s eccentricities and penchant for opulence. The 7,000-square-foot, 28-room, three-story home features parquet floors, cherry and walnut fireplaces, and unique stained glass windows.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house is a lasting reflection of the Sauntry lumber fortune and the range of architectural fashion during its construction and subsequent improvements. It incorporates Queen Anne with other notable style elements, including Eastlake millwork, a mansard-roofed tower common to Italianate villas and hints of Gothic style in the gable.
The current owners, Tom and Sandy Lynum, have completely restored the William Sauntry Mansion to the height of its original Victorian elegance, preserving historic charm and adding modern comforts that have established it as one of the region’s premier bed and breakfast inns.