Hand-carved into the front door, ''Hic Habitat Felicitas'' (Happiness Lives Here), greets visitors to this historic home in Coeur d'Alene's lakefront neighborhood, the Fort Grounds. A masterpiece of American and European Arts and Crafts style, it is inspired by Green & Green, Charles Rennie MacIntosh, Stickley, William Morris and their peers.Built in 1910 for the manager of the Northwest Timber Mill (now Riverstone) as one of the original homes facing the Coeur d'Alene City Park when Fort Sherman was decommissioned, it was purchased by a local family in 1942, and restored by a second-generation member of the family in 1998. It boasts all new mechanicals, furnace/air conditioner, and full-muntin double-paned windows as well as a new roof with copper gutters and rain chains.In the living room, a tiled fireplace sets off the beamed ceilings and original white maple floors seen throughout the first floor. In the sunken den, the fireplace greets with "Warm Ye In Friendship" hand hammered in banded copper below a substantial mantle. The powder room sits adjacent. Original leaded and beveled windows grace all floors and add to the custom designed built-in china, linen and flatware cabinet in the dining room. Adjacent is the sunny "Terrace Room" with floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors leading to a tiled terrace with park and lake views.
The curved Brazilian cherry staircase leads from the living room to the glass-ceilinged upstairs atrium which features a MacIntosh balustrade with ebony accents. Etched scenes above each of the three-bedroom doors tell the history of this home. Two ensuite bedrooms face the park with sliding glass doors opening to a deck and views of the lake.
The Master Suite rooms, connected by a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired barrel ceiling and a "LaFarge" style stained glass window, features a walk-in dressing room and a master bath with walk-in shower, both having skylights filling them with natural light. An inviting master bedroom adorned with Craftsman wood joinery holds a tiled fireplace and windows on three sides overlooking the gardens and pond below.
Honoring Arts & Crafts design, built-in storage abounds throughout this home. Custom Cherry cabinets featuring inlay ebony details embellish the kitchen with lighted glass fronts and lower units with pull-out drawers. The matching built-in credenza in the breakfast room features custom copper tile backsplash. A window wall with sliding door leads to a large deck with steps to an enchanting four-season garden with water features and a gas-fed basalt fire pit. Above the new two-car garage, with its built-in potting area, sits a full apartment for guests or for an expanded office.
This home is an iconic historical gem.
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