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New Meets Old - A Recap of the Homes by Architects Tour

Posted on: Oct 22, 2015 Blog author: Lauren Blog category: Context & Meaning

The weekend of September 19th and 20th was a big weekend for AHA. Our newly completed home in the Crocus Hill neighborhood of St. Paul was selected to be part of AIA Minnesota’s Homes By Architects Tour. This self-guided home tour showcased the work of AIA architects throughout the Twin Cities with the goal of educating homeowners about the benefits of working with an architect in terms of design, project management and value.

The new 3,000 square foot St. Paul home was designed to respect its 100-year-old neighbors while reflecting the owners’ desire for a quiet simplified traditional home with modern sensibilities. It is one of 13 new houses built on half of a city block as part of Crocus’ New Hill development. The re-platting of a former school site allowed the city to rebuild this St. Paul neighborhood’s pattern of street-facing lots with an alley at their backs. The Homes By Architects Tour was an opportunity to see one example of how this historic block has been transformed and enlivened over the past two years.

The house is a contemporary interpretation of a classic St. Paul house type with a front porch on simple and well-proportioned rectangular forms. Full of daylight, a restrained use of traditional millwork, and beautiful, functional spaces, the house expresses the values of both the owners and architects to create a simple, well-proportioned home which resonates with its historic context.

The weekend’s weather could not have been more perfect. More than 625 visitors came through the house during the two-day event and had nothing but positive feedback about the project. Thank you again to our homeowners for their flexibility and willingness to open their home to the public. We would also like to thank AIA MN for organizing another successful weekend and for providing such wonderful volunteers. And lastly, thank you to Ryan Siemers on behalf of AIA MN, for the beautiful photographs he captured at our home as well as the other 20 projects on the tour.