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Lejeune Residence – Minneapolis, MN

The design of this lakeshore home centers around the problem of placing a large house on a small, triangular building site. The client wanted a house with three guest rooms, a three-stall garage and a dramatic view of the lake, but strict building covenants dictated a low profile structure built using natural materials. A high wall provides a large window area for the entire living space of the house, which overlooks a deck and natural wooded backyard towards the lake. The house, conventionally framed and heavily insulated, is finished on the exterior with vertical cedar boards stained a light gray with cedar shingles on the roof. This project won a National American Institute of Architects Award in 1982.