Docomomo US/MN’s Modern Homes Tour

As you might know, I’m a sucker for mid-century architecture. Are you? If so, please join me this weekend for Docomomo US/MN’s modern homes tour. As a full disclosure, I am on the board of directors for this nonprofit, whose mission is to document and conserve buildings and sites of the modern movement.

The tour is this Saturday, October 6th and includes a morning tour of homes designed by architect, Robert Cerny and an afternoon tour of homes on Cedar Lake. The best part is that not only do you get to admire the outside architecture, but you actually get to go inside the homes and appreciate the interiors. The above photograph is a sample of all of the homes on this year’s tour. To learn more information on how to purchase tickets, visit

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Celebrate Saarinen’s 100th Birthday!

Image courtesy of edkohler via flickr

It is Eero Saarinen’s 100th brithday!  Come bust out your party hats and head on over to Christ Lutheran Church this Sunday, October 24th at 3pm to see Fathers, Sons, and Hidden Treasures.  Christ Lutheran Church was designed by father & son team Eliel and Eero Saarinen in 1949.

St. John’s University professor, Nick Hayes, will lecture on the influence of Eliel Saarinen’s work on other local post-war church designs.  Hayes is the son of Mark Hayes, who was part of the architectural firm that worked with Saarinen during the church’s construction in 1949.  After the lecture, attendees will be able to tour the church, including the church’s Saarinen archives, including rarely seen original drawings by Eero and Eliel.

Christ Lutheran Church is located at 3244 34th Ave S., Minneapolis.

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DOCOMOMO’s Modernist Sacred Spaces Tour

Some of you might have noticed that I have not been posting as frequently over this past month.  That is because I have been hard at work helping to put together DOCOMOMO’s (DOcumentation and COnservation of building of the MOdern MOvement) Modernist Sacred Spaces tour!  It is going to be a gorgeous weekend coming up, so why not get some friends together and get outside, enjoy a fall drive and see some of the most divine (pun intended) architecture in town?

The self-led tour is this Saturday, October 9th and includes 7 metro churches from the likes of Ralph Rapson, Barry Byrne, Thorshov & Cerny and Hills, Gilbertson, & Hayes.  Registration for the tour begins at 9am at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 4801 France Ave S.  The tour will visit four Minneapolis churches from 9 AM until noon; then three St Paul churches from noon to 3PM.  See the image above for a map of all the tour stops.

A social hour will follow the tour at a Modern Private Residence designed by Minnesota’s own Elizabeth & Winton Close at 641 Lexington Parkway South.  Food and drinks will be generously provided by Mid Century Modernist Specialists: Karen Rue with Edina Realty &  Nathan Anderson of Avocado Green, Inc.

Tickets are $25 for DOCOMOMO members, $30 for non-members & $15 for students with their ID.

Tickets may be purchased in advance on DOCOMOMO’s Eventbrite site or at the registration table at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 4801 France Ave S.

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2010 Tangletown Garden’s Garden and Art Tour

Postcard art by Amy Rice

We are fast approaching Tangletown Garden’s 2010 Garden and Art Tour.  The tour, going on its 5th year, combines the finest gardens from homes across the Twin Cities with beautiful local artwork.  Last year’s tour featured gardens primarily in the Lowry Hill and Kenwood neighborhood.  I went on the tour last year and can attest that it a lot of fun and a great community building event.  The self-guided tour is scheduled for Saturday, July 24th, from 9am-4pm, rain or shine.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event.  The proceeds helps fund local art, charities and garden projects throughout the Twin Cities area.  Check out photo albums from past tours on Tangletown Garden’s website.

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