When a couple with a shared love of sailing discovered a historic bed-and-breakfast for sale on Madeline Island, they knew they had found something special. Originally built as a family home in 1913, the main residence—previously known as Coole Park Manor—had since been transformed into an inn. When the couple purchased the property, they knew they wanted to convert it back to a private home and update it to meet the needs of a modern family, but also retain as much of its history as possible. So, they reached out to Todd Hansen of Albertsson Hansen Architecture in 2013.
“The clients loved the original house, and saw themselves as stewards of the property,” explains Hansen, who also teamed up with Crown Construction and Cynthia Dalzell of Sylvan Design. “The home was celebrating its 100th anniversary, and they wanted the best long-term advice of how to make the house last another 100 years.”
The project, completed just last year with interiors designed by Lauren Piskula of Deluxe Design Studio and Taylor Mahoney of Tailored Design Studio, included the restoration of the main residence, plus the renovation of four cabin spaces—each outfitted with a new name and signage. While the main house, rechristened “Chateau Madeline” (one of its previous monikers), is the family’s private home, the cabins are rented out to guests.
“We have people come by who tell us they used to work at the B&B 50 years ago, or that their parents honeymooned there,” says one of the owners. “It has a really special place in the community, and we definitely want it to remain that way.”