April 21, 2011 - Thirty-eight homes in Minneapolis and 17 in Saint Paul, 55 total, will be open during the 24th annual Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour. The free, self-guided tour Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, 1-5 p.m., gives homeowners inspiration and ideas on how to improve their homes.
In this event offering "real homes, real people, real ideas," residents open their doors to show creative and practical ideas for remodeling kitchens, bathrooms, and adding space in a way that's sensitive to the surrounding architecture, historic restoration and more.
On the tour, visitors talk directly with homeowners; and in many cases, their contractors, architects, and other trades people are available. "One of the important messages of this year's tour," said coordinator Margo Ashmore, "is how it makes sense to use professionals. If you aren't going to do everything at once, you avoid mistakes and save money by expertly anticipating what will come next."
The tour is coordinated by NRP because it encourages maintenance and improvement of existing housing stock and gives an opportunity to promote neighborhoods. Homeowners contemplating or in the middle of remodeling can attend the April 30-May 1 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour and can think about putting their homes on tour in future years.
"When a neighborhood association makes a special effort to recruit homes for the tour, as tour coordinator I try to help bring it all together, and we make available space in the Guide to promote the neighborhood. We are also open to special sub-tours and organizing walking tours that highlight architectural styles." Two examples are the walking tour of Folwell neighborhood and the three homes in Whittier, two of which have historical significance.
The tour has a Facebook page that can be "liked" at http://tinyurl.com/msphometour
To plan a tour, visitors can go to www.MSPHomeTour.com
or pick up a copy of the Home Tour Guides with maps and descriptions of all the homes at local libraries.
The Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour, a celebration of city living, is coordinated by Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) with the City of Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development department, and other corporate and non-profit sponsors, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota chapter. For information, call 612-673-5103.
This year, 33 neighborhoods have homes on the Tour. The list below shows each neighborhood (and the associated Home Tour house #s):
Columbia Park (#12)
Downtown East (#9)
East Harriet (#29)
Fulton (#s 35 & 36)
Page (#s 1 & 2)
Linden Hills (#s 31,32,33 & 34)
Howe (#s 4,5,6 & 7)
Loring Park (#22)
Lynnhurst (#s 37 & 38)
Midtown Phillips (#26)
Northeast Park (#10)
Near North (#s 20 & 21)
Windom Park (#11)
Waite Park (#s 13,14 & 15)
Webber Camden (#16)
Whittier (#s 23,24 & 25)
Dayton's Bluff (#s 48,49,50 & 51)
Frogtown (#s 53 & 54)
Highland Park (s 43,44,45,46 & 47)
Merriam Park (#41)
Payne Phalen (#52)
St. Anthony Park (#s 39 & 40)