3237 Fairmount Boulevard

Completed in 1914 by builder W.W. Jepson, this Tudor Revival style home is thought to have been built as a model home by the Van Sweringen brothers. As is typical of homes along Fairmount, the yard is called “garden-sized” which means narrow and deep.

The current owners are maintaining the home to reflect its early years. The interior of the house is finished in the style and materials of the Arts and Crafts period. This style includes birch woodwork stained a mahogany color and oak hardwood floors throughout.

The fireplace in the living room takes center stage with its carved wood detailing and deep blue Grueby tiles. Opposite the fireplace, and balancing its scale, is a nine-foot long window seat.
The coffered ceilings in the living room and dining room, which were a later addition, give the home an Arts and Crafts feel. In keeping with the turn-of-the-century era, the home is furnished with period antique and reproduction furniture and lighting fixtures.

All color, style, lamps, décor, and pottery in the home have been chosen to match the Arts and Crafts style. The look is easy on the eye and the feel is relaxing, warm and welcoming because everything flows together so beautifully and seamlessly. The current owners studied the period to design and decorate the home.

To the left of the entrance is a harpsichord that was built by the present owner. This room was originally the office of the doctor who built the home. The shelving is original to the home.
The kitchen features original built-in cabinetry. Granite countertops and extra counter space have been added. The commercial stove was an addition by a previous owner who was a chef. Notice that the bell for the chauffeur remains.

The powder room on the first floor used to be a coat closet. Look closely, you can still see where the hooks were. The room was repainted and stenciled. The stencils were made by the current owners.

According to the owners, the Arts and Crafts movement took Japanese style as its muse. For that reason, they chose to put a Japanese gallery on the second floor.

The only deviation from the Arts and Crafts period is the “art deco” room on the second floor. This room was designed to match an original light fixture which was found by the current owners. The light fixture is on your right as you enter the room.

In the master bedroom, the sleeping porch floor was raised and opened to the master. A new light fixture was added. The only change made to the master bath was to replace a sink – with one that looked exactly like the original.

The third floor is called the “Minnesota Room” because of its light, open and airy feel. The third floor bathroom was completely restored. The cabinetry on the third floor is original, watch your head as you exit!
The chauffeur’s quarters on the second floor of the coach house were gutted and renovated in 2002 and made into a two-room apartment. The décor gives a nod to the era of the property as it combines vintage styling with modern amenities.


Watch For:

  • Arts and Crafts style piano
  • Stickley furniture, antiques and reproductions made by the Stickley Company


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