Driving directions: From I-94, drive south on Lexington Parkway. East on Summit Avenue 0.9 miles. South on St. Albans Street. West on Fairmount Avenue to home.
DESIGN TEAM: Daniel Nepp, AIA; Petra Schwartze, AIA; Tom Henningsen; Ruth Foster, Assoc. AIA
PROJECT TYPE: New Construction
FEATURED SPONSORS: Marvin Windows & Doors
Bordered by Summit Avenue and Grand Hill, the St. Paul neighborhood of Crocus Hill is on the of the city's most coveted residential neighborhoods. A former school site nestled near the historic hills of St. Paul offered a rare opportunity for thirteen new, urban residential infill lots to be developed. The homeowners fell in love with the historic neighborhood that included homes dating back to the 1890s. They wanted their home to reflect the rich character of its surroundings yet accommodate all the amenities for comfortable modern living.
The prime exposure and emphasis are front and back on these narrow urban lots, with little exposure to the side due to the proximity of neighbors. The owners wanted the public front to be inviting, with a curb appeal to match its historic neighbors. Avoiding a box layout and block facade, the house was designed with an asymmetrical front and an inviting porch, adding character, interest, and whimsy. Back of house and support areas hug the lot asymmetrically on the east, opening the house to the southwest to light and views to an intimate urban back yard. The form and mass of the home were scaled to fit with its older neighbors. This was achieved by putting a significant square footage of the second floor into the roof form.