For tens of thousands of Minnesotans whoÂ walk and bike and paddle around Minneapolisâ€™sÂ beautiful Chain of Lakes every year, theÂ lovely homes that surround these fine cityÂ parks are as intriguing as the exquisite viewsÂ of open space and sparkling water. LegendaryÂ Homes of the Minneapolis Lakes invites readersÂ inside twenty-eight of the most architecturallyÂ significant dwellings.In these pages, photographer Karen MelvinÂ and architectural writer Bette HammelÂ turn their attention to the finest homesÂ around Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake, LakeÂ Calhoun, and Lake Harriet. Generous homeownersÂ have opened their doors and sharedÂ the stories of construction, renovation, andÂ interior design. Featured architects includeÂ Harry Wild Jones, Purcell and Elmslie, EdwinÂ Lundie, Close and Associates, Vincent James,Â and David Salmela.From the Italianate entryway of the MartinÂ House to the whimsical living room of theÂ Kaufman/Lacey House; from the Arts andÂ Crafts kitchen of the Smith/Liepke House toÂ the Rand/McGlynn Phelps Houseâ€™s stunningÂ formal dining room, Legendary Homes of theÂ Minneapolis Lakes offers views of interest toÂ all. This lavishly illustrated and informativeÂ book answers the lake walkerâ€™s burning question:Â I wonder what itâ€™s like in there.Karen Melvin is an interiors and architectural photographer whose work has appeared inÂ Architectural Digest,Â House Beautiful,Â Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, and Womanâ€™s Day. Bette HammelÂ is an architectural journalist who has written for Architecture Minnesota, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine,Â Midwest Home, and Architectural Record.