While all of the homes on the 2019 Homes by Architects Tour are pieces of art in and of themselves, as good architecture is, some were also designed with the homeowners’ art collections in mind. Space, light, and color were adjusted to perfectly illuminate, protect, and showcase photography, collectibles, and curiosities.

Home 5, “Rapson Revival,” a modern update on a house designed by legendary Minnesota architect Ralph Rapson, includes a gallery space for displaying photography. By moving and realigning spaces, the architects were able to utilize the original skylights to bring light into the gallery, demonstrating the way in which historic renovations can adapt to modern needs.

The owners of Home 7, “Split Box,” requested a “spectacular sanctuary”: an intimate library and large-scale curio display cabinet for their personal collections. Made of blackened steel boxes, the cabinet enables the owners to display a rotation of collectibles and artwork. Contrasted against a neutral material palette, the homeowners’ collections of art, books, and ephemera take center stage.

Tickets to the 12th annual Homes by Architects Tour are on sale! Learn more at homesbyarchitects.org.

The 2019 Tour is supported by Marvin Windows & Doors, Elevation Homes, Hagstrom Builder, Landscape Renovations, Stinson Builders, Inc., White Oaks Savanna, Pella Windows & Doors, Belrose Hardwood Floors, Dovetail Renovations, Frost Cabinets, Hage Homes, Hirshfield’s, Lelch Audio/Video, Martin Patrick 3, Otto Painting Design, Orijin Stone, Semihandmade, Showcase Renovations, The Sitting Room, Synergy Products, and Urban Ecosystems, Inc.

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