The RAVE (Residential Architects Vision and Excellence) Awards, a joint venture of the AIA-Minnesota and Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, selected the Progressive Farmhouse as one of its five recipients this year.
From across the field, the house strikes a familiar pose – a tall, proud, white farmhouse, like the one just down the road. Yet this house has combined the latest technology with the simple sustainable ways of living from the past. Located on 80 acres near Lake City, MN, this new farmhouse, sitting at the transition between prairie farm country and limestone bluffs dropping to the Mississippi, breathes new life into an old farmstead.
The judges appreciated the simplicity of form and materials, state of the art building materials (designed for LEED Certification), and the way that the design combined “a stripped down rural vernacular with a modern sensibility to reveal ‘the essence of a farmhouse’”.