Minnesota Historical Society

Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka

$ 49.95

A fascinating chapter of Lake Minnetonka history

Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka is a beautiful 240-page coffee-table book by award-winning author and photographer Karen Melvin and by writer Melinda Nelson. 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 over 400 stunning pictures, you will feel like you are “up north at the lake.” 

James J. Hill was inextricably linked to Lake Minnetonka and helped establish its pristine waters as a playground for the well-to-do by building the Lafayette Club. Every September Wayzata celebrates James J. Hill Days at the rail station Hill built there.

  • Authors: Karen Melvin and Melinda Nelson
  • Publisher: Big Picture Press
  • Format: Hardcover, 256 pages, 10 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • ISBN: 978-0989262750

Karen Melvin is a freelance photographer based in the Twin Cities. She photographs for architects, magazines, interior designers, book publishers, and national advertising clients. Karen’s two previous books of architecture and history are regional best-sellers.

Melinda Nelson writes about all aspects of living beautifully, including architecture, construction, interior design, and landscaping, as well as entertaining, decorating, retail, and other lifestyle topics. She received a Bronze award from the Minnesota Magazine Publisher Association, and she lives in the historic village of Excelsior on Lake Minnetonka.

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