New (old) House Tour!

In 2012 I was 25 and working in residential mortgage. It became increasingly clear to me that it made financial sense for me to buy a house, rather than continue to watch my rent climb year-to-year. I found an adorable little house in St. Louis Park, a first-ring suburb of Minneapolis. The house had everything I needed, but having moved from the bustling and culturally vibrant neighborhood of Eat Street, I did miss Minneapolis a lot and hoped that someday I would be in the position to move back.

Fast forward to this past July, a friend of mine forwarded a “for-sale-by-owner” listing of an adorable Minneapolis house. The seller was a former college instructor of hers and when she saw the listing she thought it might be what I was looking for – she could not have been more right. That night I met the seller to see it in person and I knew with my first step in the doorway that this was meant to be my Minneapolis house. Fifty-eight short and excruciatingly stressful days later, I closed on the sale of my St. Louis Park house and the purchase my piece of Minneapolis history.

I’m finally ready to give you guys a peak! I’m so excited to show you around and would love to hear what you think!

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Dominium’s A-Mill Artist Lofts

You may, or may not, know that I started a new position with Dominium Development last August. Dominium is a great organization that specializes in multi-family, affordable, housing projects. Some of their recent, more high-profile, projects are Schmidt Artist Lofts in St. Paul and A-Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis.

Our company holiday party took place at A-Mill last week and I thought you guys might like a little peak inside!

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The Importance of Place

I get this question a lot: what is your favorite building? Seems like a reasonable question, given my education in historic preservation, and my affinity for architecture. So, I guess that’s why people are surprised when I don’t really have a favorite building. Two reasons for this:

(1) I tend to be more attracted to vernacular, ordinary buildings than remarkable architectural monuments and there are many great examples of lovely, albeit “simple” buildings, I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite

(2) to me, “preservation” is more about neighborhoods – or a collection of buildings – than it is about any one particular structure. Continue reading “The Importance of Place”

An Open Letter to Nicole Curtis

**Please note** The following are my own words and opinions. They are in no way associated with the organizations for which I volunteer or am employed.

Dear Ms. Curtis:

I’d like to start by thanking you for all the work you have done to rejuvenate the dilapidated housing stock around the Twin Cities and elsewhere. The work you do is incredibly important and I admire your courage in completing projects in neighborhoods which others have written off. These communities are worth investment, and I’m glad that you have highlighted how strong and vibrant they are, regardless of what we might hear through the media. I believe that your efforts will contribute to a renaissance in these neighborhoods, and for that we should be grateful.

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Craft Beer and Preservation: A Love Story

Fulton Brewery

View of Target Field and downtown Minneapolis from Fulton Brewery

It took me longer than most to develop an appreciation for beer. People would say, it’s an acquired taste. I’d just scoff and think, I’m just going to keep drinking my incredibly expensive and overwhelmingly strong vodka-cranberry, thank you very much. Then, after moving to Minneapolis and becoming friends with many beer-connoisseurs, I’ve discovered – beer is pretty terrible, when you’re drinking terrible beer. There are so many different kinds of great beer, no matter your taste there is almost certainly a kind out there that you will genuinely enjoy drinking.

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Peavey Plaza gets its place on the NRHP

Peavey Plaza

Today Peavey Plaza was officially listed as a “Historic Place” on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). For those not familiar, Peavey Plaza is a urban “park plaza” located in Downtown Minneapolis. The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) and The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) began efforts to get Peavey listed on the NRHP last Fall as an attempt to deter the City of Minneapolis from its plans to demolish it. While being listed on the NRHP doesn’t necessarily save Peavey from being demolished, it is a big step in the right direction. This is big news for Minnesota historic preservation, modernist preservation and historic landscapes. A special thanks goes to PAM and TCLF for the efforts to make this happen!