DESIGN TEAM: Chris Christofferson, AIA; Mark Nelson, AIA; David Heide, Assoc. AIA; Leanna Kemp-Kristoff; Michael Crull; Elizabeth Mueller
PROJECT TYPE: Remodel/Addition
David Heide Design Studio
Home Sponsor: Dovetail Renovation, Frost Cabinets

Project Address: 1133 Ashland Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104
Driving Directions: From the West: from I-94 East take exit 239B toward Lexington Pkwy. Merge onto Concordia Avenue. Right onto Lexington Pkwy N (0.5 mi). Right onto Ashland Ave. Destination is on the right. From the East: from I-35E take Exit 105 toward St. Clair Ave. Continue onto Pleasant Ave. Right onto St. Clair Ave (0.9 mi). Right onto Lexington Pkwy S (0.6 mi). Left onto Portland Ave (0.1 mi). Right onto N Dunlap St. Right onto Ashland Ave. Destination is on the left.

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 tomorrow’s lifestyle.

Our client grew up in this St. Paul neighborhood and his childhood friend lived in this very house. It was the perfect place to settle in and raise a family of their own. The house’s interesting 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 get in, make desired changes, and leave the place looking as though we hadn’t been there. An addition wraps a corner of the house and extends two-and-a half stories. Updates maintain original proportion and scale while opening up parts of the house. Connecting the attic stair to the main stair hall engages the third floor with the rest of house.

Some interior materials are consistent with the originals while others are inspired by the period. The majority of the work was handmade locally. Cabinetry, art glass, lighting, decorative painting, and rugs were designed by our studio specifically for 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 this project and its synthesis between architecture and interior design.

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