Green home strategies, architecture crawls and more

  • Updated: August 15, 2014 - 4:03 PM

The Tiny Solar House built by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society at the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience.

House histories

Two upcoming architecture crawls explore the housing styles in southwest Minneapolis and examples of the works of renowned St. Paul architect Cass Gilbert.

The Cass Gilbert Home and Building Tour surveys Gilbert’s Minnesota legacy, including the State Capitol and many homes and churches on and around Summit Avenue in St. Paul. The bus tour features stops at Roselawn Cemetery in Roseville and several privately owned homes in the Summit Hill neighborhood.

Tours are from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and depart from the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Cost is $35; $30 for MNHS and Cass Gilbert Society members. Register at www. crawls or call 651-259-3015.

The Minneapolis walking tour West 49th Street: Geography and Architecture shows how homeowners, architects and builders used variations of Prairie, Arts and Crafts, Tudor, Colonial and Classical Revival styles to adapt to the local terrain and regional climate. These houses became prototypes for later, more prominent “high-style” homes in residential districts surrounding Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes. Eventually, these styles appeared throughout many city neighborhoods.

The guided tour is at 1 p.m. next Sunday and covers about ⅔ of a mile. Cost is $8; register at or call 612-695-7572.


Green home strategies at the State Fair

The ultimate dream home is one with zero energy costs. At the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience, you can tour a life-size Build Better and Be Ready House, which demonstrates four approaches to homebuilding that create a more comfortable indoor environment, use fewer resources and are lower maintenance.

Visitors also can inspect a model kitchen designed by Natural Built Home, using sustainable materials, as well as gather tips at exhibits on green building and remodeling, light bulbs, solar energy, appliances and products made from recycled materials.

Make sure to stop by the Sustainability Stage, which presents programs and demonstrations on everything from eco-friendly countertops to Healthy Home MN every hour.

The Eco Experience is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sept. 1 in the Progress Center. Go to or www.mnstate for details.


Stone art

Rock artist Peter Juhl arranges natural stones found on location, using only shape, weight and friction to create one-of-a-kind compositions. At a Minnesota Landscape Arboretum class “Power of Balance: Stone Sculptures for Your Garden,” Juhl will demonstrate how to create gravity-defying stone art to decorate your landscape, 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska. Cost is $55; $35 for members. Register at or call 952-443-1422.


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