A tasteful historic remodel will honor a home’s history while incorporating modern updates. Often, that means adapting a prominent architect’s work. How do architects address this challenge? Two homes on the 2019 Homes by Architects Tour successfully demonstrate how to balance the legacy of previous architect’s work with contemporary solutions for modern living.

In St. Paul, the architect of Home 12, “Ellerbe Tudor Revival,” married noted Minnesota architect Franklin Ellerbe’s historic design with modern sensibilities. Attention to detail makes it difficult to recognize which spaces are new and which are original. Custom touches were designed to seamlessly incorporate with the original design.

Home 5, “Rapson Revival,” was originally designed by the legendary Minnesota architect Ralph Rapson, but needed an updated for a modern lifestyle. The architect was challenged to keep within the original footprint and overall spirit of the home. Features such as tiles, skylights, and cabinets were continued, preserved, and re-envisioned to maximize their impact, while flow was increased with an upgraded kitchen, additional windows, and a generous outdoor living area.

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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