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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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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Peavey Plaza gets its place on the NRHP

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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!

Once there were Streetcars

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I’ve been on break from school now for a couple weeks and I made it one of my goals for break to read more about trains. That sounds weird doesn’t it? Probably for a couple reasons, first why would I want to spend my break assigning myself more homework? Also, why trains? Might sound like a kind of odd topic to choose for someone who is a little obsessed with history. Well here’s the scoop – I like trains! And trains are a very important piece of Minnesota’s history – and for that matter future.

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The Bridge that James J. Hill Built

Stretching across the great Mississippi River lying just between the 35W and 3rd Avenue bridges is a beautiful historic Minnesota bridge, lovingly known as The Stone Arch Bridge. It has been my one of my favorite subjects to photograph since moving to Minneapolis. I recently went on a photo tour with Midwest Photo Safari where I had the opportunity to pick up some training on taking photographs at night. Our group was able to take a lot of great pictures of the St. Anthony Main area, but my favorites were the ones I took of this bridge. As I often do, I started to wonder about its history and after doing a little research thought I might share it with you!

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