A fascinating chapter of Lake Minnetonka history
If you’ve ever sailed, boated, or paddled past a vintage boathouse on Lake Minnetonka and wished its rustic wooden walls could talk, you’ll love this beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched volume about Minnesota’s famed lake.
Never before has a book so carefully documented the interior views and history of Lake Minnetonka’s boathouses, and with more than 400 stunning pictures, you will feel like you are “up north at the lake.” Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka gives the reader an insider’s view into the most enchanting boathouses of Lake Minnetonka, including today’s appearance and vintage photos of nearly three-dozen boathouses. Experience the fascinating stories of the history of the original families and the current owners, who consider themselves caretakers of these alluring lakeside retreats.
Based in the Twin Cities, Karen Melvin photographs nationally for advertising clients, shelter magazines, architects, and interior designers. Melvin’s previous award-winning coffee table books of architecture and historic homes are regional bestsellers and include Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District (Minnesota, 2022), Legendary Homes of Lake Minnetonka, and Legendary Homes of the Minneapolis Lakes.
Melinda Nelson is an award-winning writer and editor with a passion for architecture, design, historic preservation—and Lake Minnetonka. Since 1991, Melinda has lived in Excelsior, a historic town on the south shore of the lake, where she served on the Historic Preservation Commission. She is coauthor of Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District, winner of 11 national publishing awards and two preservation awards.
"Karen Melvin and her collaborators have been producing beautiful books on legendary Minnesota homes for nearly a decade now. But Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka may be their best effort yet. The intimate charms of these storied lakeside structures have brought out the very best in Melvin’s photography and Melinda Nelson’s storytelling."—Chris Hudson, Architecture Minnesota
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