Mushroom Style Architecture

A Surprise in St. Paul

My sister and I were out showing homes to a client on Saturday when we drove past this home. It’s not often we come across this style of home. They tend to be rare here in the Twin Cities. This style is referred to as a “mushroom house” because of its roof.

The detailing of the roof and the beautiful stone captured our attention. This is a newer home, built within the last ten years. My compact camera doesn’t do it justice. It’s quite striking to see in person.

The Star Tribune did a story on this type of architecture last year. Read more about the Earl Young houses in Charlevoix, Michigan.


Old World Craftsmanship Stands Test of Time

One of a Kind Bath Detailing

For those who love details, older homes will always be appealing. The craftsmanship that went into home building in the early 1900’s offers abundant beauty, architectural interest, and sometimes, one-of-a-kind, exquisite detailing.

Years ago I toured the home with this bath detailing. It left a most memorable impression on me. I recently had the opportunity to tour it again and snapped a few pictures with my cell phone. The rest of the home offers more detailing, more beauty and welcoming spaces both inside and outside.

This was a luxury home for its time with its separate bathtub and shower. Such a bath setup was quite unusual for a home built in 1910.