Join us for the 12th annual Homes by Architects Tour 2019 showcasing thirteen examples of architect-designed houses throughout the Twin Cities. Get inspired and gather information for your next unique residential project! Our architects and designers at David Heide Design Studio can tell the story of our project and share what it’s like to work with an architect.

You can view our house at:
1133 Ashland Avenue,  St. Paul
Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days
$15 in advance or $20 at the door
Purchase tickets on the Homes by Architects Tour website

Often our clients are drawn to wonderful old neighborhoods in Minneapolis and St. Paul – not only because they love the charm and character, but for the convenience of living in the city. As this trend continues, so does the need to update these houses to align with a modern lifestyle.

Our client grew up in this St. Paul neighborhood and his childhood friend lived in this very house; he knew it was the perfect place to settle in and raise a family. The house’s history includes original 1908 blueprints from architect Franklin Ellerbe, whose architecture firm endured more than 100 years.

While structurally sound, the house lacked modern amenities. Our goal was to make desired changes and leave it looking as though we hadn’t been there. An addition wraps a corner of the house and extends two-and-a half stories. Our updates maintain original proportion and scale while opening up other parts of the house. We engaged the third floor to the rest of the house by connecting the attic to the main stair hall.

Some interior materials are consistent with the originals while others are inspired by the period. The majority of the work was handmade by local artisans. Our studio designed cabinetry, art glass, lighting, decorative painting, and rugs to fit the project. This celebration of craftsmanship and decorative arts is appropriate to the house and true to our modern time as well. We hope you enjoy viewing this special house on the Homes by Architects Tour 2019!