Every fall I look forward to the Docomomo US/MN Minnesota Modern Tour Day… this year on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm. It is always a treat to visit these curated homes and this year we are told to expect a kind of mid-century time capsule.
The pictures above from Docomomo MN give you an idea of what to expect, with sites criss-crossing the Twin Cities metro. I am especially excited to see the restored Alcoa Aluminum house in St. Louis Park, which I showed to clients when it was last sold in 2011. I can hardly wait to see how it has been restored!
Tickets are available through Eventbrite… $50 for non-Docomomo members, $30 for Docomomo members, and $15 for students with valid school ID. We have our tickets… see you there!
At the first house you visit, you will receive a wristband for admittance to the rest of the residences and a brochure with more information about the homes. The homes are open during specific blocks of time, but may be visited in any order during the assigned time slots.
- 656 Montcalm Place, St. Paul, 55116 – brilliantly preserved wood paneling and original St. Charles kitchen complete with metal cabinets
- 4949 Queen Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55430 – includes all of the original wall coverings and fixtures that were originally chosen using an interior designer
- 5055 Bassett Creek Drive, Golden Valley, MN 55422 – spectacular house built in 1960 by architect Thomas B. Hendrix, who lived there with his family until 2013
- 8000 Westwood Hills Drive, St. Louis Park 55426 – the only Alcoa Aluminum Company home in Minnesota, built in 1958 as a marketing ploy to showcase the virtues of aluminum
- 340 East Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55419 – designed in 1955 by Carl Graffunder for his sister and brother-in-law, who happened to own Dale Tile Co… resulting in a home filled floor to ceiling with magnificently preserved tile including a built in tile chair and tile shuffleboard
3pm-4pm, After Party
- Refreshments served at 340 East Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55419