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Another Great Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour!

May 1st, 2017

by Kyle Thrapp, Assoc. AIA

What a great time we had showing off two beautiful projects this past weekend! McMonigal Architects was pleased to take part in the Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour which celebrated its 30th anniversary.

During Saturday and Sunday’s tour at 5344 Emerson Avenue South (Home #10), visitors were able to hear how moving and turning an existing stair avoided a potentially costly large addition to the home, and see how a kitchen with a clean, modern aesthetic can fit within a 1927 Tudor. They heard how phasing two projects over ten years made it possible to improve the layout and function of the home initially, and get their dream kitchen in the end.

At 4516 Grand Avenue South (Home #8), tour-goers marveled at how a small addition resulted in doubling the size of the cramped bungalow kitchen. The kitchen now ties in perfectly and the fine craftsmanship of both new and old is now evident throughout the home. On Sunday, Rosemary’s presentation on bungalow remodeling drew quite the crowd – over 50 people inside and anxious others listening from the front steps and the back porch.

At both houses, it was fun to display presentation boards from and reminisce on Rosemary and Jim’s Johnson Street home that was on the tour 30 years ago.

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Orange is the New Kitchen – Star Tribune

April 10th, 2017

by Kyle Thrapp, Assoc. AIA

This colorful remodeled kitchen provides perks for cooks as well as cats.  Please see the just published Star Tribune article here.

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McMonigal Architects partners with NorthEast Investment Cooperative

March 13th, 2017

by Phil Hofstad, Associate AIA

You’ve all heard of food co-ops, but what about buying into a whole neighborhood?  That’s exactly what the NorthEast Investment Cooperative (NEIC) in Minneapolis is doing.  By donating a portion of its services, McMonigal Architects partners with NEIC on proposed renovations to commercial properties.  We work with NEIC and potential tenants to develop economical solutions that aim to sustainably reuse and bring new life to tired and vacated old buildings.  Extensive field measuring and investigation, detailed code analysis, and creative design solutions for the building facades are part of the process.

 

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Signe Burckhardt Manor Received Award of Merit

November 2nd, 2016

by Kyle Thrapp, Assoc. AIA

Signe Burckhardt received an Award of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.  With the senior population continuing to grow at exponential rates, there is an urgent need to provide affordable housing and services for seniors, particularly those suffering from memory loss issues.  Please check out the project here.

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MN SNAP’s building is now open!

September 30th, 2016

by Kyle Thrapp, Assoc. AIA

MN SNAP, Spay Neuter Assistance Program, has a new facility!  Located in Northeast Minneapolis, its new building enables the organization to further its mission to provide “both high-quality, affordable and accessible spay and neuter services to those in need and animal welfare education in the community.”  Their important work “reduces the influx of homeless pets into rescues and shelters.” As part of a design team aimed at helping MN SNAP get a space that everyone can be proud of, McMonigal Architects donated its design services.  We selected bright, but calming, colors to enliven the space.  Donated tile throughout ensures durability with the frequent cleaning of the space.  As one MN SNAP worker put it, “We love the space, especially the colors, so much that it is fun to come walk through it every day!”

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Freedom Farm Schoolhouse – Thank You Celebration

August 5th, 2016

by Kyle Thrapp, Assoc. AIA

After we were able to attend the celebration event on Sunday and tour the building, McMonigal Architects is excited to share that construction at the Freedom Farm Schoolhouse is nearly complete!  Located in Waverly Minnesota, Freedom Farm is a therapeutic horse riding center for those “whose lives, minds, and bodies are not as free.”  Adjacent to the Farm sits the Lake Ida Schoolhouse, a one room schoolhouse used for teaching children from 1860 through 1972.  McMonigal Architects donated its design services to renovate and expand the schoolhouse to provide space for classroom, conference, and counseling programs.  The addition is compatible with the schoolhouse, and the small link connection minimized alterations to the original historic brick structure.

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May/June Architecture MN and Room & Board

May 13th, 2016

by Kyle Thrapp, Assoc. AIA

Rosemary was delighted by the audience questions at the recent Architecture MN Magazine and Room & Board event.  Speaking about our approach to renovating classic midcentury houses, Rosemary used examples and details from the 1959 Portland, OR house recently completed.  Everyone agreed that TVs, open spaces, and livable bathrooms were not on the radar 60 years ago!

More info about the PDX project is here.

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