Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour is April 28-29

People contemplating remodeling their homes or checking out different neighborhoods will find sixty welcoming homes open on the last weekend in April during the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour.

On the free, self-guided tour, visitors can talk with the homeowners as well as interview contractors and architects. It’s the 25th year of the tour, which features “real homes, real people, real ideas” for remodeling every room in the house, adding on, or finding space within a home’s existing footprint. “It’s a celebration of city living,” said Tour coordinator Margo Ashmore, “encouraging people to improve and maintain the city’s housing stock so they can stay in the neighborhoods they love, when family needs change.”

Homes are open Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, 1-5 p.m. To figure out where to start, visitors can access www.MSPHomeTour.com for home descriptions and photos, or pick up a printed Guide at libraries in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, Minneapolis or Saint Paul.

There are also three special attractions on the Tour – the historic Gale Mansion at 2115 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis (charging $5 admission), the SpringHouse Ministry Center - the old Salem English Lutheran Church reworked for three congregations, and the new Heritage Park Senior Campus just north of Downtown Minneapolis with its new, green health and fitness center.

The North Minneapolis portion of the tour follows the path of last spring’s tornado, showing how some good has come of disaster as residents repair and remodel for the better. In south Minneapolis, Kingfield and Nokomis East neighborhoods each have a cluster of homes. Two homes are on Lake of the Isles and two prominently feature solar power.

City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) and its partners are participating with homes at 3647 Emerson Ave. N. (one of the tornado stories), 3309 3rd Ave. S., and the Greenleaf Apartments with SpringHouse, at 28th Street and Lyndale Avenue South.

The tour is sponsored by the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, American Institute of Architects Minnesota and 30 private sector sponsors, and coordinated by Pro Media, Inc.

Published Apr. 23, 2012