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national modern architecture symposium coming to the twin cities

This June 3rd – June 7th, Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Minnesota will launch the third annual Docomomo US National Symposium–Modernism on the Prairie: Rural to Metro Regional Interpretations of the Modern Movement. This is a pretty big deal in the world of modernism for the Twin Cities area to be hosting such an event. Congratulations go out to the local Minnesota chapter …

So…What’s in a name?

   Recently, I’ve had a few clients call to ask about some properties that advertised the name of the architect in the listing description. In each case, they did not recognize the architects name and asked what I knew of them, if anything. Needless to say that got me thinking about what including a name can add to the listing …

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modern churches

As a realtor who specializes in modern/contemporary architecture I don’t have the luxury of working a smallish, distinct geographic area that most realtors enjoy. I cover a lot of ground throughout the Twin Cities because I’m more about the architectural style of the house than I am about “farming” a territory. Something that recently came to my attention in my …

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iowa modern retreat

So as winters go, I think we can all agree that we’ve just had a doozy! One way I like to help celebrate spring is to plan my first road trip that should be free of blowing snow and  ice. This year I decided to head to our southern neighbor state of Iowa. I know that doesn’t sound like much …

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falcon heights classic streamline moderne

Streamline Moderne, (sometimes referred to by either name alone), was a late type of the Art Deco design style which emerged during the 1930s. Its architectural style emphasized curving forms, long horizontal lines, and sometimes nautical elements. As the depression decade of the 1930s progressed, Americans saw a new aspect of the Art Deco style emerge in the marketplace: Streamlining. …

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pre-fab cabins

It’s finally June here in Minnesota which means we are officially able to say that it’s summer! For me, like alot of other Minnesotans, that means spending some time up at the cabin. Not that everyone in Minnesota has a cabin (me included) but it seems most of us still find a way to enjoy the thousands of beautiful lakes …

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philip johnson: residential architecture

My last blog written about some of the more famous Minneapolis buildings and their architects included the IDS Center designed by Philip Johnson. I decided to take a look at some of his residential architecture and thought it would make for a pretty interesting subject for this months topic. The picture of the house on the front page is probably …

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architecturally signifcant structures of minneapolis

I was driving around downtown the other day enjoying what is probably my last cruise of the year on my motorcycle. I could’nt help but notice that the Minneapolis skyline really is quite impressive for a relatively modest sized city. It got me thinking about some of the architects who have contributed to our most notable local buildings and thought …

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john lautner

About a week ago I found myself up late flipping channels and I came across one of those networks that likes to run “James Bond” movies back to back. 1971’s “Diamonds are Forever” happened to be playing starring my favorite bond, Sean Connery. (Pierce Brosnan…are you kidding me?) Anyway, as you may know, the film highlights the now famous Elrod …

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ralph rapson home

Lately, the name Rapson has been involved in some of my business both on the listing side and on the buy side. As long as the name has been at the forefront of my real estate dealings lately along with the passing of Mr. Rapson earlier this year at the age of 93, I thought it would make an excellent …