Dan Whittaker, Designer

PROJECT PORTFOLIO: Condominium- Laurel Avenue, Crocus Hill, Saint Paul

This former Masonic Temple building near Laurel and Mackubin was converted in the early 1980s into several cool modern condominiums. In late 2002 the owner decided after almost twenty years it was time to "modernize" once again. Some components of the existing interior remained in place; new shades of eggplant and deep tanned leather replaced stark white steel stair pipe railings. Perhaps the most dramatic change occurred with the replacement of over a dozen flat hollow-core doors with solid Cherry doors, each with four inset panels of either cherry wood or cross-reeded tempered glass. Hallways that formerly had no daylight from closed doors now were bathed in a beautiful stippled pattern of sunlight passing through the glass. Privacy was still maintained for the reeded glass interrupts any clear line of sight. A main level half bath was completely removed and reconfigured into a 3/4 bath with shower. This project was one of the first baths to use fine Italian-made SICIS-brand stainless steel tile in the shower pan and surround. An open design in the bathroom visually enlarges the room while still providing all the necessities for comfort. Elevated towel shelves, offset shower valves and carefully placed hooks ensure adequate storage and convenience.

Before and After Photos

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