A stone home built from the bluffs of Winona is on the market for $825,000

May 3—WINONA, Minn. — From the architect's drawings to reveling in the stone home's enduring aspects, "there's some things you just never forget about the house" along Lake Winona.

Realtor Matt Loos described one of those lasting stories from the homeowners: the home doubled as a doctor's office when it was first built in 1937. Patients followed the stone pathway into the home and entered a sitting room and then the office in the front portion. Loos said original woodwork elements range from the office to the dining room, wood trusses in the living room and the staircase banister.

"You sit in the living room and it's just it's so quiet and calm but ... because there's so many windows in the house and there's so much natural light that comes in that you're just in awe," Loos said of the home at 724 Washington St.

Loos emphasizes "how cool is that" with aspects such as the original woodwork, Biesanz Stone limestone and light fixtures. He said inside "it's the feel, it's the touch, it's cars drive by and you don't hear it" about the home's unique aspects. The four-bedroom and four-bathroom home is situated on Lake Winona with views of Sugarloaf Bluff.

"A lot of times when we walk into some of these houses, it's either been the doors have been broken or painted on or restained or something to damage them to not have the original look and feel. Where with this house a lot of this stuff is all original stuff, I mean coming down to the door handles," Loos said.

The solid stone home points to the bluffs surrounding Winona and stands as a testament to its quarried history. At Biesanz Stone, a local stone quarry for over 100 years, the projects range from foundation stones to churches, commercial buildings, hearthstones, mantles and windmills, Charles Biesanz III shared with the

Spirit of the Heartland program

in 2010. Buildings throughout the city feature the stone, such as homes on Park Drive, Page Theater at Saint Mary's University, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Church, Central Lutheran Church and Cotter High School. The first Biesanz Stone building, the German Methodist Church now the Wesley United Methodist Church, was built in 1900.

"Rarely today the stone can be seen under your feet on a few of Winona's sidewalks," Joyce Woodworth narrated in the Heartland program. "But once Winona prided itself on having over 30 miles of stone sidewalks."

With about 50 quarries in Winona in the late 1800s, the bluff-chiseled stone graced the Minnesota capitol building and later the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Winona homes also utilized stone in most foundations before 1920 when the material switched to concrete, according to Spirit of the Heartland. Biesanz said, "I think it's the world's best building product."

"We've pretty much with epoxy, with stone glue, you can use your imagination and if you can put it together like Legos then we can build it because stone glue is like Elmer's glue for stone. It enables you to just build your way around the world," Biesanz said. "And it's actually the epoxy is stronger than the stone itself."

When the Washington Street homeowners wanted to expand the kitchen they knew they needed more stone, custom windows and heated floors. The windows match the ones that run throughout the main level with six panes on the top and nine panes on the bottom. The beauty of the setting is enjoyed through several window benches and a patio.

"What's even cool is that when they did the remodel they were able to get some stone like that to match the rest of the house," Loos said. "This is complete (limestone)."

In a city of

historic homes and mansions,

the house is listed for $825,000. Loos said homes along Lake Winona don't hit the market often. Another Biesanz Stone-enveloped home overlooking the Mississippi River is also on the market for $549,000.

As a

Realtor for four years

, Loos said it's an "honor" to list and represent people's homes but certain homes, like ones with a history tied to Winona, are "extra special."

"You can see photos but not everybody has the opportunity to walk through this style of a house right here. And I don't take anything for granted, you can't take anything in life for granted," Loos said. "Every day that I open that key, I'm just so thankful that I'm able to represent the sellers. It's so cool."