Angela and I made our annual outing yesterday to visit the homes in Tour Day 2017 of Docomomo (the International Committee for the DOcumentation and COnservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the MOdern MOvement). There were seven homes in this year’s tour, all fascinating as usual and including homes in University Grove as well as on the hills of St. Paul’s Highland Park and along Bassett Creek in Golden Valley.
This year’s tour featured the first home in University Grove designed by noted architects Win and Lisl Close at the corner of Fulham and Hoyt… just down the street from the home they designed for themselves to raise their family. Situated on the corner, the unique stair-step approach was the first sign that this house was not the same as other houses built in 1939. The narrow, shutter-wide door to the deck from one of the bedrooms made me smile.
Other bits ‘n pieces from the tour were iconic, asymmetrical fireplaces, clever storage/display ideas for the kitchen counter, unique half-circle windows in original cabinetry carried over into stunning renovations, original floor tile design, a unique outdoor pathway to incredible gardens in the bluffs of homes on Montcalm Place in St. Paul. I love the stunning window design on the exterior above… and I want that tile in my shower!
Want to see more? Plan to attend next year’s tour, always the first Saturday of October.
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Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results