DESIGN TEAM: Rosemary McMonigal, FAIA; Phil Hofstad; Kyle Thrapp, AIA; Nick Dellwo
PROJECT TYPE: New Construction
McMonigal Architects

Project Address: 1031 Davern Street, St. Paul, MN 55116
Driving Directions: From the West: travel north on MN-5 E toward St. Paul. Left on onto S Davern St (0.6 mi). Destination is on the left. From the East: from I-35E take Exit 103B for MN-5/West 7th Street. Right onto MN-5/7th St W/Fort Rd (0.3 mi). Slight right onto Montreal Ave (0.6 mi). Continue straight to stay on Montreal Ave. Left onto S Davern St (0.2 mi). Destination is on the right.

This new St. Paul home is positioned on a half-acre site, with views to the neighborhood and wooded backyard. A sunroom, deck with pergola, and upper balcony extend living spaces beyond the boundaries of the house.  By detaching the garage and shop to shape outdoor rooms, the house gained windows for views and ventilation on all sides.

The exterior utilizes Prairie Style design cues, including low-pitched hipped roofs, broad overhangs, an interplay of stucco and siding, and strong horizontal lines. Ribbons of windows on the second floor are captured within the siding bands. The open front porch welcomes the established neighborhood.  Single-story forms, a stairwell bay, and horizontal trim break down the scale of the two-story building.

The interior public spaces are on the first floor, and private bedroom spaces are on the second floor.  The foyer transitions to a gallery that leads to the dining and living rooms, which are private and at the rear of the house. The generous and welcoming kitchen allows the foodie clients to cook for themselves and with family and friends.

The clients wanted the design to carry forward the character and details from their previous 1904 house through the use of art glass windows, millwork, and cabinetry. The finished home successfully integrates seamlessly into the Highland Park neighborhood and the beautiful wooded site.

Ask the Homeowner:
What were the priorities for your home?
  • Our new home’s character needed to fit in with the established neighborhood.
  • A comfortably sized home for the two of us and also accommodate large family gatherings.
  • Include a guest room on the main level to allow for one level living in the future.
  • Create a sustainable, energy efficient home.
How did you select this architect?
We have worked on multiple successful projects with McMonigal Architects for over twenty years.
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