What Goes Up When Something Comes Down?

One day I was out walking around one of the city lakes here in Minneapolis. I came upon this retaining wall and gate. Not so unusual except that the house that once stood behind this gate was no longer there.


Here’s the house that used to be on this lot. My thanks to Dorothy Childers for permission to use her photo. It was a white stucco house with a red tile roof. The design has some quirky features and there appears to be an addition (possibly two)made over time.

2358 W Lk Isles - DChilders

Here’s the new house that is going up.  I took this photo back in October, 2012. I haven’t been back to see if they’ve completed it yet.


Here’s a shot of the back side:


This new one has a lot of detailing:




I like the copper accents. I’m not sure I care for the “wavy” brick exterior. No doubt there is a name for this look; I don’t know what it is. I think house numbers with a bit more polish would be better for a home of this stature. Perhaps the owners are creative types and preferred a bit of whimsy over elegance. What do you think? Do you like this new house or the old house better?


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.