If you’ve visited other parts of our website, you might have noticed we talk a lot about Arts & Crafts Style. But, what is Arts & Crafts Style? The term “arts & crafts” might be more reminiscent of daycare to you than serious architecture or design work.
Luckily, we’ve compiled some information to set you straight. And, you may even find that you fall in love with the style and want elements of Arts & Crafts Style in your remodeled home, too. Or, you’ll realize you’ve been living in an Arts & Crafts Style house all along.
What Is Arts & Crafts Style?
Arts & Crafts Style started in Britain and was most popular between 1880-1920. During that time, it also spread to Europe. Art historians place the movement some time after Art Nouveau and before Art Deco. The movement was described as “anti-industrial” and was perpetuated by people who didn’t like badly made things. Overall, the movement was a reaction to lower quality of design and craftsmanship due to machine and factory work.
Many who ask, “what is Arts & Crafts Style” want to know who started it. It’s hard to pin down one person, but the style was influenced by architects like Augustus Pugin and designers like William Morris. In North America, Gustav Stickley promoted the style through his magazine, The Craftsman. You may have heard Stickley’s name before when researching what is Arts & Crafts Style.
During its peak, the Arts & Crafts Society was started in Chicago in 1897 and Arts & Crafts shows were held around the country, too. Although the movement technically “died out” around 1920, its influence continued. For example, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Prairie School” was developed with the ideals of the Arts & Crafts Movement in mind.
Some of the best-known examples of Arts & Crafts architecture in North America still stand today, which you can reference when explaining to people what is Arts & Crafts Style.
Castle in the Clouds, Moltonborough, New Hampshire
Oregon Public Library, Oregon, Illinois
Source: Andy McMurray By Andy McMurray – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1608606
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, CA
Gamble House, Pasadena, CA
Here at David Heide Design studio, we never have to ask, “What is Arts & Crafts Style,” because we try to uphold its principles of strong craft and design every day. Here are some of our favorite examples of Arts & Crafts Style in our own work.
This week at DHDS we found out we were the recipients of two BLEND Awards 2019! Did you know, Blend “encourages builders, architects, and home owners to blend newly remodeled or constructed homes and businesses into the fabric of Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods?” Really, we couldn’t be more honored to have received Best in Show and a Renovation/Addition award for our project St. Paul Revisited. Check out all the winners on the Blend Award website. Project builder: Dovetail Renovation, Inc.
Truly, we look forward to continuing our commitment to preserving, restoring, and expanding the heritage of existing structures while adapting them to modern life conveniences. Thank you Blend Awards 2019 for supporting us in our mission!
Join us for the Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase 2019 on September 27-29 and see sixty-seven examples of remodeled houses throughout the Twin Cities area. Get inspired and gather information for your next unique residential project! Our architects and designers at David Heide Design Studio can tell the story of our project and share what it’s like to work with an architect.
You can view our house at:
13705 Minnetonka Drive
Friday, September 27,
Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29
See more information at the Parade of Homes website.
Committed to maintaining the 1940s character of her beloved, three-generation family home, our client wanted to open up and brighten the entire space. We were asked to make these changes within the existing building footprint and to incorporate additional appliances, storage and improve workspace.
The project is visually captivating, with its creative and historically sensitive aesthetic, but it is also functionally outstanding. Our goal is to leave a project looking as though we’ve not been there, but rather, just right – as though it’s always been that way. We believe we’ve created a space full of light, happiness, and charm that reflects our client perfectly. We hope you enjoy viewing this special house on the Remodelers Showcase 2019!
Join us for the 12th annual Homes by Architects Tour 2019 showcasing thirteen examples of architect-designed houses throughout the Twin Cities. Get inspired and gather information for your next unique residential project! Our architects and designers at David Heide Design Studio can tell the story of our project and share what it’s like to work with an architect.
You can view our house at:
1133 Ashland Avenue, St. Paul
Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days
$15 in advance or $20 at the door
Purchase tickets on the Homes by Architects Tour website
Often our clients are drawn to wonderful old neighborhoods in Minneapolis and St. Paul – not only because they love the charm and character, but for the convenience of living in the city. As this trend continues, so does the need to update these houses to align with a modern lifestyle.
Our client grew up in this St. Paul neighborhood and his childhood friend lived in this very house; he knew it was the perfect place to settle in and raise a family. The house’s history includes original 1908 blueprints from architect Franklin Ellerbe, whose architecture firm endured more than 100 years.
While structurally sound, the house lacked modern amenities. Our goal was to make desired changes and leave it looking as though we hadn’t been there. An addition wraps a corner of the house and extends two-and-a half stories. Our updates maintain original proportion and scale while opening up other parts of the house. We engaged the third floor to the rest of the house by connecting the attic to the main stair hall.
Some interior materials are consistent with the originals while others are inspired by the period. The majority of the work was handmade by local artisans. Our studio designed cabinetry, art glass, lighting, decorative painting, and rugs to fit the project. This celebration of craftsmanship and decorative arts is appropriate to the house and true to our modern time as well. We hope you enjoy viewing this special house on the Homes by Architects Tour 2019!
Join us on Saturday, May 12th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the Twin Cities Bungalow Club’s annual celebration of vintage houses. The tour is a great way to get ideas for your own home; chat with like-minded homeowners and contractors; and cruise bungalow neighborhoods. Our architects and designers from the studio can answer questions, tell the story of the project, and share information about what it’s like to work with an architect.Read More
Join us on the 31st annual Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour to see this late 1890s Victorian whole house renovation. Meet the homeowner and designers in a low-key no-obligation setting. The tour is open Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 from 1-5 p.m, regardless of weather conditions. Our project is Home #1 in the Stevens Square neighborhood. Here’s a map of the homes featured on the Tour. Read More