Design & Living February 2019

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Tour the Interiors of Doosan Bobcat & Four Other Local Businesses

work for you


This way of thinking inspired us to go with a commercial design theme for our February issue—that and feedback from you, our readers (and our Editorial Advisory Board, too)! You asked, and we listened. Here at Design & Living Magazine, we think that your home should represent your experiences and your unique personality. That statement can also be applied to your place of work. This month, we are bringing you local businesses small and large that truly express themselves through commercial design. At the end of each article, we compiled a list of tips that you can take away from each company that will make your work space feel more like home. For now, here is a short-list of my top five: 1. Think about people first 2. Utilize natural light 3. Invest in green space 4. Chose an on-brand color scheme 5. Invest in local art


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Continue reading for more helpful hints and from spaces that WORK! I hope this issue inspires you as much as the photo shoots and interviews have inspired me. At this time, I'd like to thank everyone who was involved in the making of this issue, from our in-house team to our contributors, to all of my contacts for the cover-story: Nathan Gemar, David Shultz, Ann Packer-Smith, Aubree Leiser, Chris Hawley, Steve Dusek, Becky Swoboda, Kim Dean, Amy Overby and Kary Lindgren.

Until next time (Don't work too hard),

Rebecca Opp Editor @becca-opp

PHOTO BY Hillary Ehlen


s I bounce up and down subtly on an exercise ball that I use as for chair at my desk (do people still do that?), I can't help but look around our editorial room and imagine what it would look like with a fresh coat of paint and new office furniture. Each day, we spend so much time at work, so why not make it as aesthetically pleasing as it can possibly be?



At Design & Living Magazine, our goal is to create a publication that is just as much fun to read as it is to view. Here are the writers, designers, photographers and contributors who so affably use their time and talents to tell a story and give our pages purpose.


Ehlen is an editorial photographer for Spotlight Media and owner of Hillary Ehlen Photography. She is a native of Fargo and attended North Dakota State University for visual arts with an emphasis in photography.


Hoorelbeke is a former professional baseball player turned photographer. He is the owner of J. Alan Paul Photography in Fargo and veteran, lead editorial photographer for Spotlight Media. Hoorelbeke specializes in editorial, commercial, architectural and landscape photography.


Geiger is a MSUM graduate with a BFA with an emphasis in Graphic Design. She is the lead publication designer for Design & Living Magazine, Fargo Monthly and Fargo INC! magazines at Spotlight Media.


Originally from central Wisconsin, Stauner relocated to the FargoMoorhead area in 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she recieved her BFA in Graphic Design and Marketing.


Gleye is a professor of architecture at North Dakota State University. His fields of expertise include historic preservation and urban design, and he leads the architecture school’s term abroad program in Europe each spring semester.


Melissa is the owner of 521handmade and lives in West Fargo with her husband, Colton, and new baby boy, Milo. She creates modern calligraphy throw pillows and loves helping you make your house feel like home. You can find her products at


Anderson is a Minnesota native with an eye for decor and design. She is the owner of Christen Joy Homes and is known for her exceptional remodels, expert home staging and accessorizing high-end living spaces. Anderson is also a passionate art collector, world traveler and home cook who frequently entertains friends.


Gunkelman is current Home Builders Association of F-M president. He owns Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc., specializing in custom homes, commercial remodeling and residential remodeling.


Design & Living Magazine

Becky Muller Social Media Coordinator North Dakota Interior Designers

Melissa Rademacher President & CEO Downtown Community Partnership

We at Design & Living Magazine want to make sure that our content is accurate, unbiased and reflects the local home industry. That is why we meet with our Editorial Advisory Board, which is made up of representatives from local, statewide and national organizations. Each month, we listen to their feedback and discuss innovations in local art, architecture, home decor, interior design and landscaping.

Photos by Hillary Ehlen and J. Alan Paul Photography

Editorial Advisory Board

Rich Lahren Hardscape Committee Member, Past Board Member & Past President North Dakota Nursery, Greenhouse & Landscape Association

Chris Hawley Licensed Architect/Member American Institute of Architects

Krista Mund Executive Vice President Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead

Dayna Del Val President & CEO The Arts Partnership 10

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24 Spaces that Work

This month, we are featuring stylish spaces that work. Within these pages, you've been invited to take exclusive tours of five businesses whose new locations have trendy and timeless appeal. From small businesses to corporate headquarters to "The District" at West Acres, these commercial spaces will make you feel at home.

Decorator with 20 Dear Christen Joy Homes

In each issue of Design & Living Magazine, Christen Anderson of Christen Joy Homes will answer a home design question posed by one of our readers. Read on to see which question she addressed this month.


Locally Trending

Join new contributor and local maker Melissa Steedsman as she takes over this month. She's talking all about organization from a new mother's perspective: imagine what Marie Kondo would recommend if she went shopping for items that bring her joy right here in Fargo!

Photo by Staci Just Photography

A Risk With 68 Taking Color: Featuring

Artist Andrea Qual

In the past two years, local artist Andrea Qual has taken many risks with her art, including making the transition from black and white to painting with devastatingly subtle color. We sat down with the recent NDSU graduate to explore the internal process leading up to her newest works.

75 Historic Lewis House Join contributor Paul H. Gleye as he comments on exterior photographs of homes from our archives to provide more insight into their architectural style. This month, he discusses the distinguished Historic Lewis Home.

Photo by Connor Picard

On the Cover This cover was designed by Sarah Stauner, graphic designer at Spotlight Media, and photographed by J. Alan Paul Photography. Thanks to Doosan Bobcat North America's headquarters for allowing us to photograph their "Preserve," which was designed by Shultz + Associates Architects and features lounge chairs from InterOffice Workspace Furniture. Special thanks to the Doosan Bobcat employees who volunteered to be our models. From left to right, they are: Mindy Hogness, Sales Support Manager, Dealer Accounts; Ganesh Pillai, Strategic Sourcing Specialist; and Logan Giefer, Product Safety Assistant.


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Next Month's Issue This March, get ready for an interactive issue of Design & Living Magazine! We're going to play a little game called "Match the Homeowner to the Home."

FEBRUARY 2019 Design & Living Magazine is a free publication distributed 12 times a year. Our mission is to showcase all that the Red River Valley has to offer in terms of interior design, architecture and landscaping, profiling the people that make these possible. We also strive to provide a quality and fun reading experience and improve the way of life in our community. The publication is mailed to homes across the US and has stand distribution throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.

Publisher Mike Dragosavich

Chief Operations Officer Steve Kruse CREATIVE Editorial Director Andrew Jason

Editor Becca Opp

Art Director Sarah Geiger Designer Sarah Stauner Creative Director Simon Andrys Photographers Hillary Ehlen, J. Alan Paul Photography, HBA, Chris Hawley Architects + Construction, Staci Just Photography, Connor Picard, Andrea Qual Videographer Patrick Thompson Contributors John Gunkleman, Christen Anderson, Melissa Steedsman, Paul H. Gleye Web Editor Jessica Kuehn ADVERTISING Associate Sales Director Neil Keltgen Senior Sales Executive Paul Hoefer

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by John Gunkelman Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead

Here’s some big news: you can park for FREE on Friday at this year’s Red River Valley Home & Garden Show, generously provided by Cass County Electric Cooperative. That’s right; they bought out the lot for your convenience and to kick off the weekend right! Here’s some tasty news: we’re welcoming the internationally recognized and self-proclaimed “Grillologists” Mad Dog & Merrill to entertain and share how to host the best backyard grilling party. You may know their show, “Midwest Grill’N,” which airs Sunday mornings on KVLY-TV 11 and KX 4. Watch them demonstrate how to make sauces and rubs and grill with cedar planks. Bring your questions and taste buds. There will be samples for tasting and they guarantee you will never burn chicken again after learning their tricks and tips.

Mad Dog & Merrill of the show “Midwest Grill’N" will be at the 2019 Red River Valley Home & Garden Show. Watch them demonstrate how to make sauces and rubs and grill with cedar planks. Bring your questions and taste buds!



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For the past 58 years, the Home & Garden Show has offered the chance for you get out, escape the cold, stretch your legs and dream about spring while making plans to refresh your home or yard. Connect with hundreds of home improvement and building industry professionals. They are true stars of the show, available in person under one roof Feb. 22-24, one weekend only, at the Fargodome.

We have three ways to save on the cost of admission:

Back for its fourth year, we’ve got the Home Builders Care Foundation Beer Walk, featuring craft beer samples from Fargo Brewing Company. Check out the workshops now offering a main stage and an exhibition stage. Topics include grilling, gardening, smart homes and design trends, plus more!

Did you know that children age 18 and younger always get in for free? Bring them along for the Kids’ Treasure Hunt, which runs throughout the show, or preregister them for the Lego Homebuilding Competition on Saturday morning, Feb. 23.

John Gunkelman is current Home Builders Association of F-M president. He owns Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc., specializing in custom homes, commercial remodeling and residential remodeling.

1. Purchase your tickets in advance for just $6 apiece. 2. Use the $2-off coupon in the show guide or at 3. Come see us Sunday during the 2-for-1 admission deal.

Learn more at

Home Builders Association of FM

For more information, contact: HBAFargoMoorhead


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In memory of February 3rd's 60th anniversary of "The Day the Music Died," Fargo Monthly will be looking at our area's notable musical scene. We dove into Fargo's reply to Lilith Fair, the 22nd annual "A Celebration of Women and Their Music," and spoke with women involved in the festival. In this issue, we put a spotlight on music’s fresh faces, notable lifelong talents, lively music venues and more.

Just when we assumed North Dakota State football could not achieve any more, 2018 happens. A 15-0 season accompanied by another FCS national championship, the school's seventh in eight seasons. We recap the season that was and provide you with an exclusive look from Frisco, Texas, with players, coaches and administration. This is our commemorative championship edition of Bison Illustrated.


DEAR decorator WITH CHRISTEN JOY HOMES Meet Christen Anderson of Christen Joy Homes. Each month, she will answer a home design question posed by one of our readers. Anderson is a Minnesota native with an eye for decor and design. Christen Joy Homes is known for new-constructioncommercial projects, exceptional remodels, expert staging and accessorizing high-end living spaces. Anderson is also a passionate art collector, world traveler and home cook who frequently entertains for friends.

QUESTION: "I HAVE SO MANY IDEAS FOR MY NEXT PROJECT. HOW DO I ORGANIZE THEM ALL AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING LOOKS GOOD TOGETHER?" Answer: Great question! In a world with Pinterest, Instagram and glossy magazines, it can be overwhelming when you start collecting ideas and aren't quite sure how to pull them all together. Let me take you through the steps I use at Christen Joy Homes to create a theme, select product and visualize a space. I’ll show you examples of different spaces from the U32 Apartments' second building to show you how to work through this process. -Let’s jump right in.


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1. CREATE A THEME Create a theme for the space. This can be a combination of words that describe how you want to feel when you are in the room. See my examples below. Don’t panic, you aren’t locked into this theme. The next step may change the theme slightly, and that’s okay. For U32's Phase II, I was involved with a handful of spaces, including the units, the common-area lounge, common-area bathroom, the fitness center and a hot yoga studio to name a few. When creating the themes for these spaces, I needed to think about what residents would enjoy. I spoke with the Roers Property Management team to get more insight into the target audience and their lifestyle. I also needed to ensure it would look and feel cohesive

with U32's first building. Things had to flow. Here are the words I locked on to when thinking about the theme: ∙ U32 Apartment Phase II: Relevant, young, thriving, Pinterestworthy, inviting, energizing—U32’s first building’s cool older sister ∙ Units: Warm, inviting, light, bright, thoughtful ∙ Lounge: Vintage-cigar-room-meetscollege-bar—progressive, yet traditional ∙ Common Area Bathroom: Dark, moody, interesting—a nod to the cigar room feel ∙ Fitness Room: Simple, but with a little grit ∙ Yoga Studio: Calming, serene, peaceful—a warm blanket of beauty

2. IDEATE, BRAINSTORM, DREAM…MOOD BOARDS You may be thinking, “I’m not creative…” If so, put yourself in the mindset of “I love this, and not that!" Don't hold back your opinions. In fact, I encourage you to do the opposite! Now, you can start pulling together the things that remind you of your theme. This may include photographs, magazine clippings, a candle or fabric you love. You can do this on a virtual board (Pinterest, PowerPoint, etc.) or on a physical board. As mentioned, if you take a step back and look at what you have so far, you may feel the need to tweak your theme a bit. Have at it—now is the time to do it! For U32 Phase II, I did a virtual mood board via PowerPoint. I pulled photos from my previous projects that were relevant, neon signs, paint colors that spoke to me, furniture options and vintage games. I even pulled specific chairs and tables from a restaurant in Santa Monica that I fell in love with while on a trip to California.

Cigar Room Lounge

Warm & Inviting Units ∙ Pure White walls ∙ Linen laminate countertops in a grayblue (kitchen) and warm neutral color (bathrooms) that are interesting, yet timeless ∙ Gray subway tile, complemented by two industrial pendants over a large island ∙ Warm-toned Luxury Vinyl Tile for the kitchen coupled with stone-colored carpet for living spaces and bedrooms This palette can flex to warmer or cooler tones, giving the flexibility of furnishings to renters

∙ White, two-panel, shaker-style doors throughout keeps the space light and bright

∙ Moody, dark navy paint from walls to ceiling create wow-factor and define the space ∙ Quartz countertops with gray veining complement a full, tiled wall behind ∙ Seven light fixtures in brass tones, including a vintage candelabra chandelier create a special ambiance. ∙Multiple games in wood tones are inviting, as are the Chesterfield couches and seating that will be placed around the room

Dark &Moody Common Area Bathroom

∙ Patterned floor tile pulls in the navy and wood tones from the lounge ∙ High gloss, navy wall tile with Sherwin Williams Grizzle Gray paint above will pull this room together ∙ Brass accents in both the mirror and faucet complete the room



Fitness Room

∙ A dark teal welcomes you into the room and flows seamlessly from the lounge. ∙ Brick walls for that grit are graced with neon signs – motivate and point you to the hot yoga studio, a new location for MoJo Fit Studios. ∙ Dark flooring selected to conceal any wear and tear from those hitting up the gym.

Calm & Serene Yoga Studio

∙ It’s hot in here! Yes, it’s a true hot studio so selections had to support the high heat ∙ Soft flooring in woodgrain tones are the perfect blend of soft and supportive for workouts ∙ Mirrors will reflect the wall installations that include a quote and an artificial live wall that will frame the transom windows, covering the entire wall


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Now that you have your theme locked and have taken time to find the things that inspire you, you're ready to pull together your selections. Beforehand, you will want to take measurements of the space and have a tentative list of the pieces you’re searching for and a general idea of where you might want them to go. Keep in mind how this space will be used. Next, shop 'til you drop! You can browse for products online, in-person, or both! If you shop in-person, take a photo of your mood board or print a copy to carry with you. As you find things that work well with your theme, record the details: measurements, price, estimated time of arrival—any info that is crucial to making your dream become reality. If it’s a larger project, you may be collecting samples of flooring, paint swatches, countertop samples and more. As you gather your images and samples, create a physical collage using a wood base. Then record the details in a virtual or physical document. This board will help you see what works and what may feel out of place. As you add to your collage, selections that don’t go with your theme or work well with each other will start to pop out to you. Edit them out and look for new options. Note, this step may be where you decide to hire an expert to help with the nitty-gritty (spatial planning, furniture recommendations, selections, etc.), bringing your vision to life with ease!

4. THE EXTRA MILE – PROFESSIONAL DRAWINGS If you’re someone that has a hard time visualizing, professional drawings could be a great option for you. By working with a designer, you can hand off your selections and receive drawings of what your space will look like. This will help you nail down scale of the items you are planning to purchase, placement of larger items and will ensure product will fit perfectly in the space. Christen Joy Homes drafted the plans and renderings for the U32 Phase II to help with decision making. They’ve also been great to use to give potential residents a sneak peek of the space!

Email your design questions to for the opportunity to have them answered next month. Until then – have a great February and a Happy Valentine’s Day!

For more information, contact: Christen Anderson Christen Joy Homes To learn more about U32 Phase II, contact PropertyAmbassadors@roers. com.


Doosan Bobcat North America PHOTO BY J. Alan Paul Photography Architect: Shultz + Associates Architects Interior Design: Shultz + Associate Architects Furnishings: InterOffice Workspace Furniture


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We spend a lot of time at work. Why not make our commercial spaces as aesthetically pleasing as they can possibly be? This little concept has inspired us to put together an issue of Design & Living Magazine featuring stylish spaces that work. Within these pages, you've been invited to take exclusive tours of five businesses whose new locations boast both trendy and timeless appeal. From small businesses to corporate headquarters to "The District" at West Acres, these commercial spaces will make you feel at home with their fabulous, functional yet comfortable furnishings and selections.



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BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Staci Just Photography

When it comes to designing a commercial space, most business owners prefer to leave everything up to the professionals. But for one Farmers Union Insurance agent based out of Ashley, N.D., a life-long passion for projects helped her stretch her budget when building a new office on Main Street. Within these pages, see how Kary Lindgren has created a comfortable and welcoming space for her coverall-wearing clientele.


MEET KARY Originally from Wishek, N.D., Kary grew up on a farm with a ceramics studio as her mother was an artist. After graduating from high school, Kary met her husband while they were both attending NDSU, where she studied to be an agricultural education teacher. After college, her husband got a job as a loan officer in Ashley. Kary went with him and worked as a substitute teacher but decided to try something new when the former Farmers Union Insurance agent in town quit. She soon found that she really enjoyed this type of work. Kary has been with Farmers Union for more than 17 years now. She and her husband currently live on a ranch 15 miles outside of Ashley with their teenage son and daughter.

BUILDING FROM SCRATCH Before she opened her office on Main Street in 2017, Kary was working out of an old barbershop in town. It was on the smaller side, though, so she started looking for other options. This is how she got in touch with Klusmann Construction. When people heard that Kary was building a new commercial space in Ashley, they were surprised. "In small towns, it doesn’t happen that often anymore where someone builds from scratch. All of our businesses are on Main Street, and I’m right in the heart of it,” Kary explained. Kary had a great experience with her carpenter over at Klusmann Construction. “My carpenter was from Kulm, N.D., and he did an amazing job. I told him what I wanted it to look like, then he did the plans and sent them to me. I made some adjustments, and we just went from there,” she shared. Kary simply said where she wanted shiplap, where she wanted drywall and where they were going to have wood.


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Today, Kary’s 3,200-square-foot space has a lobby, a conference room, a break room, two offices and an attached garage in back. "I have one employee who is here part time, and I'm looking to hire someone full-time. I’m here five days a week, and it feels good to come to work. I’ve had a lot of people jokingly say they want to work here just because they love the building,” she laughed. When you step into the building, you’ll understand why. In fact, her Fed Ex delivery man calls Kary the Joanna Gaines of Ashley.

In addition to the artwork, Kary has DIY-ed most all of the furniture and decor. She even made a faux reclaimed wood accent wall. "It’s actually not reclaimed. All of the lumber up on the walls is actually brand new, rough-cut lumber,” she explained. Kary achieved this finish by applying stain and sanding over it when it was wet. She then added a coat of shellac. After Kary was finished with the prep work, Klusmann Construction cut the boards to size and installed them.

FAMILY-AND-FARMER-FRIENDLY For the interior, Kary wanted it to feel comfortable and inviting. Her clientele includes a lot of farmers, so she wanted them to feel welcome in their coveralls and work boots. “I wanted my office to be homey and have a sense of style, but I didn’t want it to be too fancy,” she said. Throughout the space, you will notice ranchinspired decor such as cowhide rugs or a framed photo of Kary’s daughter’s cow that Kary took herself. Between school and extracurricular activities, Kary’s kids actually spend a lot of time in the break room. "We’re 15 miles out of town, and we don’t have any relatives in Ashley. If we need a place, this almost functions as a second home for us,” she shared.

Using leftover materials from the shiplap and wood wall projects, Kary made most of the furniture in her office. "I talked to other agents that have built new, and they said the cost of furnishings was incredible. To be honest, it wasn’t that way for me because I built a lot of stuff and there are pieces in here that I got at rummage sales,” Kary revealed. She likes to joke that the most expensive pieces of furniture she invested in were the chairs. Because of her training as a shop teacher, Kary is skilled with tools and knows how to build things. She also loves repurposing. "I actually had a little business called Dirt Road Decor, but it's more fun when it’s not a job,” Kary explained.

FROM HER WORK SPACE TO YOURS For those of us who are getting some major office-inso from Kary, here are three tips we can incorporate into your own work space: - Don’t be afraid to DIY - Comfort is everything - Find an expert you trust For more information, contact: Kary Lindgren Farmers Union Insurance 701-288-3813




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BY Becca Opp | HEADSHOT BY Hillary Ehlen RENDERINGS provided by Chris Hawley Architects + Construction

In fall 2018, West Acres announced that they will be opening "The District," a carefully curated collection of sit-down restaurants, surrounded by beautiful landscaping. Who could execute this project, but Chris Hawley Architects + Construction? We met with Hawley to take a closer look at the renderings, and what we found is that you will feel right at home in "The District."


CONCRETE DECISIONS By now, you probably know that "The District" will occupy the space where Sears once stood. Coming in at 30,000 square feet, this new development will be open to local and national tenants, including CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar. "Crave was a part of the process early on. What was interesting was we didn't know what else was coming, but we had to plan so that we could create a home for Crave right away," Hawley said. What you might not know is that Hawley and his team of architects, including Jackson Strom and Wayne Schommer, have been working backwards from a concrete structure. "We are reinventing a new project around existing conditions, but, at the end of the day, we want to make it feel like something new," he explained. "The other thing most people don't think about is that the construction and design are happening simultaneously, so we are making decisions every week." However, the collaboration between Chris Hawley Architects + Construction and West Acres has been an extremely positive experience. "The West Acres group is forward-thinking and very open-minded. They're so fun to work with. They want what's best for the community, they want what's best for the mall. That's refreshing. Those are discussions that you hope to have but don't always get to have. It's great. All of our meetings have been at their corporate offices, and we've had a number of walkthroughs. Our role is to help them understand what this would look like, be like and feel like," Hawley said.


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TURNING THE MALL INSIDE OUT Because the mall is at the intersection of two major interstates, it influences many people's impressions of the FM area. West Acres is aware of this, and they are striving to incorporate beautifully landscaped green space that will not only enhance "The District," but also the face of Fargo. "This is turning the mall inside-out a little bit. It's more of an outward-focus project, rather than an inward-focus project," Hawley said. CREATING INTIMATE SPACES With the impressive scale of this project, you may be wondering how West Acres and Chris Hawley Architects + Construction intend to create intimate spaces for every season. For example, garage doors can be opened during the summer. Then, fireplaces will keep everyone cozy inside during the winter. Rustic materials will also keep the space feeling intimate, rather than cold and commercial. "We are getting away from cold, commercial finishes. It's going to have a more residential aesthetic. If you look at a lot of restaurants, that's what they are trying to do," Hawley explained. For example, he mentioned that weathered brick is likely to be used throughout this particular project. BRANDING While Chris Hawley Architects + Construction are responsible for overseeing the project on behalf of West Acres, future tenants will be able to make adjustments to the design based on their needs. The identity of each tenant may show up by way of building materials or through distinctive signage that goes along with their branding.


For more information, contact: Chris Hawley Architects + Construction 2534 South University Dr. #3, Fargo 701-478-4600

We're looking forward to enjoying a meal here as much as you are. Although this isn't your typical office, here are three tips from "The District" at West Acres that you can try in your work space to stay motivated all year long:

West Acres Mall 3902 13th Ave. S, Fargo 701-282-2222

- Invest in live plants and green space - Install a fireplace for those cold winter months - Work backwards from what you already have to create something new Chris Hawley


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Photo by John Borge Studios Doosan Bobcat North America Company Headquarters Project Manager: Nathan Gemar, Doosan Bobcat Category Manager - Indirect Sourcing Architect: David Shultz, Shultz + Associates Architects Interior Designer: Ann Packer-Smith, Shultz + Associates Architects Furniture: InterOffice Workspace Furniture


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A TIMELESS F E AT U R I N G D O O S A N B O B C AT CO M PA N Y H E A D Q UA RT E RS BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen & John Borge Studios

North of I-94, Doosan Bobcat North America's company headquarters serve as a landmark in West Fargo. In 2015, the corporation embarked on a journey with Shultz + Associates Architects and InterOffice Workspace Furniture to double the square-footage of their offices with a new expansion. The new space does more than just work—it is one of the most innovative facilities in the region in terms of architecture and interior design. Within the next few pages, allow us to escort you past the security clearance needed to take a tour of this timeless commercial space.


COLLABORATIONS Doosan Bobcat North America has collaborated with Shultz + Associates Architects in the past on project sites in Bismarck, Gwinner and Suwanee, G.A.—most notably, the $28 million Acceleration Center in Bismarck completed in 2014. Regarding these projects, David Shultz of Shultz + Associates Architects said, "Doosan Bobcat has been on a journey for about the last eight years to really look at how facilities support their business." Beginning in 2015 and completed in 2017, the West Fargo expansion included a 38,800-squarefoot remodel and a 35,500-square-foot addition. While seated at a high-top table in what employees refer to as "The Quarry" in the West Fargo headquarters, Shultz reflected on his experiences collaborating with Doosan Bobcat so far. "What's been interesting is that they said, 'We know we need to do things differently. We want to be at the front of this, not follow the trends. We're also going to learn along the way.' What we did in one site, we learned from and we adapted to in the next site. We're still learning," he explained.

WEST FARGO EXPANSION: Building Area: 74,300SF Remodeled Area: 38,800SF Addition: 35,500SF

Photo by John Borge Studios

AT HOME WITH OPEN-ADDRESS Throughout the West Fargo expansion, Doosan Bobcat executives were accepting of change. They even embraced an open office concept. Shultz elaborated, "When we move the closed door spaces away from the exterior—where most offices are located in a traditional environment—the daylight is for everyone to share. Nobody has an assigned office here. Instead, closed door spaces called enclaves are available for anyone to use." By bringing in natural light, they have made the commercial space more welcoming. In other words, although the space is open-address, it feels more like home. “Employees are empowered to work wherever they want to in the building, an element of choice that is unprecedented in other facilities,” Leiser said. "Our personal space got smaller, but we've gained the entire building,” Gemar continued. "We're no longer tethered to a space by a computer and a monitor,” Shultz added.


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A majority of the furnishings in Doosan Bobcat North America's company headquarters were purchased through InterOffice Workspace Furniture.


MEET THE TEAM Representing Doosan Bobcat was Nathan Gemar, who acted as Project Manager for the West Fargo expansion. Gemar teamed with Shultz as the architect, Ann Packer-Smith as the interior designer and Aubree Leister representing InterOffice Workspace Furniture for this project. For the expansion, Bobcat wanted to build a culture with design. A question often asked during meetings among Doosan Bobcat, Shultz + Associates and InterOffice was, "How can we communicate culture through our space?" According to Gemar, "Ann Packer-Smith really asked us the right questions. The three came together quite well," he said with a laugh.

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Ann Packer-Smith Interior Designer, Shultz + Associates Architects David Shultz Architect, Shultz + Associates Architects

SITTING COMFORTABLY Doosan Bobcat's corporate headquarters is a multi-level building with a large, open area in the center. Each space is branded with a nature-inspired name that corresponds to its location in the building. For example, the cafeteria on the lowest level is known as “The Quarry." Aside from a space designated for executives and upper management, employees choose where they want to be seated—whether that means a sit-to-stand desk, table, lounge chair or a swing, as pictured on our cover. There are even work stations with treadmills. “InterOffice has relationships with about 100 different manufacturers, so we can get a variety of furniture pieces,” Leiser said. She continued, "Our Herman Miller furniture representative for the region is based out of Minneapolis, and he doesn't have a facility in his territory that went as far as Bobcat did. This is a leading company with innovation and furniture. They have so much variety here to help their employees be successful.”


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Nathan Gemar Category Manager - Indirect Sourcing, Doosan Bobcat Aubree Leiser Manager & Interior Designer, InterOffice Workspace Furniture

Photo by John Borge Studios


HIGHLIGHTING NORTH DAKOTA All of the selections in Doosan Bobcat’s company headquarters were chosen for their timelessness. Ten years from now, the furniture will not look dated. As for the artwork, the global company wanted to invest in North Dakota. They incorporated pieces from local artists like Jessica Wachter and Steve Knutson, for example.

FROM THEIR WORK SPACE TO YOURS For those of us who work remotely or in a traditional commercial space, Doosan Bobcat’s company headquarters is giving us major office-envy. Here are three tips we can take away from Doosan Bobcat’s headquarters and apply to our own work spaces. - Utilize natural light & local art - Prioritize wellness & comfort - Create variety in your space

For more information, contact: Doosan Bobcat North America 250 E. Beaton Dr., West Fargo 701-241-8700 Shultz + Associates Architects 612 1/2 Main Ave., Fargo 701-476-0714 InterOffice Workspace Furniture 505 Broadway N., Fargo 701-232-3013

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A N E W CO M M E R C I A L B U I L D WITH BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

In South Fargo, one new commercial build has all of the character needed to make employees feel at home. That building belongs to Dakota Business Lending. This month, we met with Dakota Business Lending President and CEO Steve Dusek to learn about the inspiration behind the new building. Once you see the inside of this space, you're going to wish that you could work there too.

Architect - Jeffrey Morrau, Artekta Architects Builder - Gehrtz Construction Services Finish Work - Plecity Kowalski Construction Interior Designer - Ami Baxter, Ami Baxter Interior Design Furniture - Hannaher's Workspace Interiors & Christianson's Business Furniture Reclaimed Wood - Dakota Timber Company Custom Metal Work - StraightLine Design Painting - Premium Painting


ABOUT DAKOTA BUSINESS LENDING Dakota Business Lending has been serving the community for more than three decades. Since 1982, they have provided local business with more than $500 million in small business loans with a total impact of more than $1 billion. Because they advocate for their clients to own instead of lease, Dakota Business Lending invested in land in 2016 and had a new building constructed on top of it, which was completed in 2018. "We wanted to have control of our future and where we are going," Dusek said. "You have to enjoy where you work. We are all in Fargo, competing for the best people. We all want to hire the best. Part of that is having a great space for people to work out of," he continued.


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Steve Dusek, Dakota Business Lending President & CEO

RECLAIMED HISTORY When you first walk through the doors into Dakota Business Lending's new building, you will notice a reclaimed wood accent wall and staircase from Dakota Timber Company. This trend is not only meant for residential design. For Dusek, it represents a connection to his clients, many of whom have roots in rural, farming communities. "All of the wood is from reclaimed barns in North Dakota, Minnesota and an old warehouse in downtown Fargo," he shared. Little touches like this add character to the newly constructed building and make employees, clients and potential clients feel at home. The reclaimed wood also makes an impression from the moment you enter the space.

"OPEN" To the left of the entrance is a space called "Open," which is ideal for collaboration. Dusek explained, "We wanted space that didn't just sit idle, because what's the purpose of that? All of our clients, all of our small businesses and all of our partners can come in and use that space for free. The coffee is always on, and there are six points of wi-fi. We wanted it to be almost like an internet cafe." It also has mobile furniture that can be easily rearranged based on how the room is being used. In addition to sharing "Open," Dakota Business Lending also donates their space to the Red River Corridor Fund and the Women's Business Center.


"THE UPPER ROOM" The second floor has desks and a closed-off space that's ideal for smaller meetings and individual focus work. There is also a space called "The Upper Room," which is furnished with lounge seating and a coffee bar. During our visit, architect Jeffrey Morrau of Artekta Architects happened to stop by. He and Dusek sat in "The Upper Room" while reminiscing about the project. Morrau revealed, "It's a building I'm personally proud of. Working with Steve was a great experience. He brought in a lot of creative energy and came in really well educated." As for the interior, Dusek worked with Ami Baxter of Ami Baxter Interior Design. "Ami was recommended to us and she did a phenomenal job," he said. "When we began working with Steve, we immediately knew that his vision of collaborative space was a beautiful opportunity to challenge ourselves to publish a design that would become the canvas for fellowship amongst innovative minds," said a representative from Ami Baxter Interior Design.

MISSION STATEMENT WALL ART In addition to showcasing local photography and reclaimed wood on their walls, Dakota Business Lending has made their mission statement visible by turning it into a work of art. "One wall has our mission, vision and values, which is something we hold deeply and created as an organization," Dusek said. The wall wrap was created by Baxter and is strategically placed in an area where employees will often be able to appreciate it.




The response from employees has been amazing so far. Senior Credit & Portfolio Officer Tamara VanWechel described how the building reminds her of home. "It's funny because there are similarities in this building to what I like in my own home. I'm pretty simple; I like clean lines. The straight lines and the blue color scheme are very similar to my house," she said.

For those of us who are used to working in a traditional office environment, we can't help but admire Dakota Business Lending's on-trend office design. Here are three tips we can take away from their building and apply to our own work spaces.

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- Use reclaimed materials to tell a story - Make your mission statement visible - Select furnishings for form and function

For more information, contact: Dakota Business Lending 5630 36th Ave. S Fargo 701-293-8892

Builder - Olaf Anderson Construction Project Manager - Becky Swoboda, Preference Employment Solutions Interior Design - Kim Dean, Hannaher's Workplace Interiors Furniture - Hannaher's Workplace Interiors Decor - Misty Dietz


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BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography

Lately, we've been seeing more and more blurring of the lines between residential and commercial design. Kim Dean of Hannaher's Workplace Interiors has been in the industry for a while now and seen her share of trends come and go. However, we think this movement is here to stay. Take for example one of Dean's recent projects, the newly constructed Preference Employment Solutions building. Based on the vision of Preference Employment Solutions Project Manager Becky Swoboda, this soothing commercial space is comfortable for employee-owners and their families, as well as current clients and future clients. Within these pages, we invite you to imagine that you are seated by the fire in their stunning break room while we tell you more about Preference Employment Solutions' new home. 59

MEET THE TEAM Representing Preference Employment Solutions, Swoboda was responsible for overseeing every detail of their new building. She reached out to Kim Dean of Hannaher's Workplace Interiors for her interior design expertise. "Becky was one of those clients who are very rare. She had a clear vision for what she wanted but wasn't sure how to get there. She was really open to ideas and doing things differently. My job was getting her where she wanted to go," Dean said.

ABOUT PREFERENCE EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS For more than 30 years, Preference Employment Solutions has been helping clients find temporary and permanent placement opportunities in the FM area. Today, they have four divisions: industrial, administrative, professional and healthcare. In 2008, Preference became an employee-owned organization. President and CEO David Dietz is proud to say that they are now one of very few ESOPs to own their building and the land that it is on.

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Kim Dean, Senior Account Manager, Hannaher's Workplace Interiors Becky Swoboda, Project Manager, Preference Employment Solutions

PART OF THE PLAN Preference Employment Solutions chose to invest in a new building because their previous space simply was not sustainable in the long-term. "Our old location was not going to accommodate our growth. When we went employee-owned, it was part of our plan to have our own building. We were ready to leave the lease world. We are so excited that all employee-owners own this building and the land," Swoboda said. WORKING TOGETHER WELL Speaking with Swoboda and Dean, it is clear that the two have a great rapport and work well together. Whenever Swoboda had what she jokingly called a "crazy idea," she knew that she could count on Dean to take her seriously. One of the bigger decisions that Dean helped Swoboda with was picking out a color palette that won't go out of style any time soon. "We didn't want it to look dated seven, 10 years from now," Dean said. "Grey is everywhere, but when I saw it with the fabrics and the materials, I knew it would work," Swoboda added. Dean also helped Swoboda get out of her comfort zone by adding corresponding pops of color in each team space that are on-brand with the Preference Employment Solutions logo.


PEOPLE FIRST In the old location, Preference only had so much control over the level of comfort they could offer employee-owners and their families, as well as current and future clients. "We wanted a space that was a lot more comfortable than our previous one," Swoboda said. Take the break room for example. "We wanted our new break room to be a space where everyone felt comfortable. Honestly, I've seen more people in here in the last week than I saw in the old break room in the last five years," Swoboda shared. They also host a lot of family functions and wanted the break room to be kid-friendly. To ensure that everyone would be happy with the new building, Swoboda had monthly meetings with management. "This was pushing a lot of people's boundaries, and that's another reason why we wanted it to be so comfortable," she said. One of the bigger changes was having more shared office space. "We're trying to change the way that people work together, and sometimes you can do that through furniture and design," Dean continued. With shared spaces, employees must also have a place to go when they need privacy. "There are times when you have to step away. Sometimes we may want to do headsdown-work or just need to take a personal call," she explained.

FROM THEIR WORK SPACE TO YOURS If you are like us, you probably wish that you could work at Preference Employment Solutions, too—or at the very least, hang out in their break room. Well, here are three tips we learned from visiting their new building that you can incorporate into your own office space: Think about people first: who will be using the space? Choose an on-brand color scheme Go timeless rather than trendy

For more information, contact: Hannaher's Workplace Interiors 3803 Main Ave, Fargo 701-277-7222 Preference Employment Solutions 2600 9th Ave. S, Fargo 701-293-6905


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PRETTY & FUNCTIONAL BY Melissa Steedsman | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

You may have recently watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix show “Tidying Up” and felt motivated to start organizing your home. This is a great time of year to tackle some of those projects as we are spending more time at home. I read Kondo’s book a while ago and have implemented some of her strategies for organization over the years. Her way of folding clothes inside your dresser is life changing! But being organized doesn’t happen overnight. Our homes are always a work in progress, and it is important to remember that our styles are constantly evolving. I’m somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to styling my own home, and I firmly believe that you should only fill your home with things that feel like “you” and bring you a sense of joy. This is different for everyone; your style may be farmhouse chic, ultra-modern, bohemian, minimalistic or a blend of many! The point is that I want to encourage you to purchase things that really speak to you personally. I love how it feels when you refresh a space with a few new items that you truly love. I’m also a new mom, so finding ways to organize the massive amount of stuff that comes along with children has been my new challenge of 2019. Changing up a few small decor pieces that focus on organization can make you feel welcome, happy and inspired the moment you walk into your home. Sometimes it’s nice to rearrange items that you already have and add in a few new pieces so your space feels brand new! I chose these pieces because they are pretty and functional, my two favorite things.

MEET MELISSA Melissa is the owner of 521handmade and lives in West Fargo, N.D., with her husband Colton and new baby boy Milo. She creates modern calligraphy throw pillows and loves helping you make your house feel like home!


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PLANTER VASES by Jenny Sue Art Available at Unglued $20 ea.

These adorable planter vases created by local Fargo maker Jenny Sue Art ($20 each, would look great on a shelf in your entry way. Use them to help organize a small “drop zone” for the essentials near your front door. Maybe you are always searching for your keys in the morning or have members of your family who need a spot to empty their pockets; this will help with the chaos! A drop zone doesn’t have to be elaborate, just functional. These beautiful planters will be in style for years to come, and knowing that they were handmade by a local artist brings more love into your space. MELISSA'S TIP: Designate a pretty planter to each family member and toss your keys, loose change, chapstick and other small items inside so they are always where you need them, but tucked away. When you come back home, instead of walking into chaos, your entry way will feel more welcoming and organized.

WICKER BASKET Available at Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique $48

"KEEP IT REAL" SIGN By Little Ditty Signs Available at Unglued $15

This “keep it real” sign created by Little Ditty Signs (which can be purchased at Unglued - $15) is a simple way to add a little fun into your home! There are so many color options and different sayings that I think you can easily find a quote that speaks to you. It is possible to go overboard with trendy signs in a space, so I like adding small ones like this into a gallery wall filled with memorable family photos to create balance. MELISSA'S TIP: I love the reminder of “keep it real” when it comes to organization because I think most of us can relate to having a junk drawer and not enough time in the day to get everything done. Keep your expectations real as you start to organize, as it’s easy to get overwhelmed. If you have a “mantra” for 2019, you could order a small custom sign with that quote and add some motivation to your office or gallery wall!

This modern wicker basket from Burlap Boutique ($48) is so timeless and can be used in so many ways within your home. My favorite thing about this basket is that it will work for whatever season of life you may be in. I keep talking about pretty and functional; this basket is the definition of that. When you purchase items for your home, it’s so much fun to think of all the possibilities that you can use it for within your lifestyle. MELISSA'S TIP: You can place the basket in a corner near the couch and have it hold cozy blankets for added texture in your space. Rolling up smaller blankets is a great way to stylishly display your options; I also do this with baby blankets in our nursery! It would also work great for storing smaller toys and books that are frequently used in your family room.


TAKING A RISK WITH COLOR Featuring Artist Andrea Qual BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Connor Picard & Andrea Qual


ne evening in 2017, local artist Andrea Qual occupied a booth at Dempsey's, laying down marks in her sketchbook with charcoal. In the past two years, she has taken many risks with her art, including making the transition from black and white to painting with devastatingly subtle color. We sat down with the recent NDSU graduate to explore the internal process leading up to her newest works.


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Education Originally from Lisbon, N.D., Qual briefly lived in Fargo in 2012 and officially returned in 2014 to earn her undergraduate degree from NDSU. After taking her general education courses, she began to study interior design (her mother was an interior designer) but considered switching to architecture or art. Ultimately, Qual felt at home with art. A Meaningful, Physical Connection From the beginning, Qual felt a meaningful and physical attraction to charcoal—the way it remained on her hands long after she put down her sketch book, leaving its fine dust on the light switches in her apartment and blending into her dark clothing. For her final semester as an undergraduate student, however, Qual sought to challenge herself. "I adore charcoal, but I felt really comfortable with it and what I needed for my last semester was to take a risk. I wanted to use a material that is more traditional, but also really complex," Qual said.


Baccalaureate Exhibition - "Separation" In preparation for her baccalaureate exhibition in the Memorial Union Gallery at NDSU, Qual produced four cohesive paintings depicting expressionist figures clothed in striking tones and saturated hues, embellished with gold leaf. "We've been preparing for the show for three months, since the beginning of the semester," she said. Qual and three classmates each had their work on display at gallery for this exhibition, which was not a group show, but rather a group of solo exhibitions. The NDSU visual arts department holds a baccalaureate


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"Pug Shirt" by Andrea Qual

exhibition at the end of every semester for its graduating seniors. The opening reception took place on the evening of November 20, and the exhibition was on display from November 20 to December 6, 2018. The first night, each senior gave a five-minute artist's talk on their work. Then, they opened the conversation up to the audience for a Q&A session. Reaching Toward Empathy Qual's baccalaureate exhibition was titled "Separation." The figures in her paintings are actively reaching out to the viewer, sharing their emotions and experiences through facial expressions and body language. Qual's drawings and paintings almost always depict human beings, and she is often asked why she is attracted to this subject matter. She responds: "It's hard to get away from; I love the human body...I feel like I can connect to paintings of people." Gold Leaf Embellishments The figures in her paintings are usually clad in avant-garde clothing inspired by high-fashion. When asked if the patterns on their outfits were significant, Qual shared: "I would prefer for people to have their own story behind it. It doesn't mean anything specific right now. It's for the viewer to decide." However, she explained that her use of gold leaf is intended to give the figures dignity, as gold is a precious material.

Even when working on a painting, Qual usually starts from a charcoal sketch. "I usually will lay down with charcoal first. I spend a lot of time in my sketch books, so that's where it all starts. Once I start working on the canvas, I'll usually take a picture of myself to get the angle right," she described.

"IT'S ALMOST LIKE A PERFORMANCE BECAUSE YOU GET TO MOVE YOUR WHOLE BODY." - ANDREA QUAL Qual also prefers to work on a large scale, regardless of whether she is using charcoal or paint. "It's almost like a performance because you get to move your whole body," she said. In addition to having her work on display at the Memorial Union Gallery, Qual has shown her work at Ochre Creative Studios, NDSU Flakoll Gallery, The Spirit Room, Look Gallery and Ecce Gallery in Fargo. For more information, contact:

Laying Down Marks In her last semester, Qual found that paint residue is not as charming as that of charcoal. Not only is it harder to remove from her hands and clothes, but it also takes time to dry. "Charcoal is really immediate. You lay down a mark, then it's done and you can layer on top of it immediately," Qual said. With paint, she has to wait hours before layering over brush strokes. "It requires a lot of patience, which I don't have, so I wanted to challenge myself in that way," she continued.


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Qual's work on display in the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery for her 2018 baccalaureate exhibition.

Above: "Arched Back" Below: "Gold Shoulders" By Andrea Qual



House styles reflect the economic and social trends of their time. The financial recession of 1893 heralded the demise of opulent Queen Anne Victorian architecture of the 1880s, with its turrets, towers and bay windows. By 1897, as large American cities still struggled to recover, North Dakota experienced an economic boom resulting from a huge wheat harvest and a lucrative export market. Robert Lewis, then vice president of the Red River National Bank, profited well from the new prosperity, and in 1899 he commissioned this large home in the emerging Classical Revival style. Eschewing Victorian “gingerbread,� Classical Revival architecture hearkened back to the stately, symmetrical forms of the Renaissance to suggest dignity and wealth. BY Paul H. Gleye | PHOTOGRAPHY BY Hillary Ehlen


The Lewis house presents itself to the street with an imposing porch supported with Ionic columns, much as Greek temples of 3,000 years ago. A curved entry vestibule suggests the aura of elegance one will find inside. Nearly everything is symmetrical, and a round oculus window in the center of the second floor focuses one’s eye. In the 3rd-floor gable above, a monumental Palladian window proclaims the Renaissance heritage of the home’s architecture. Inside, fine woods of oak, maple, and cherry constitute the massive woodwork throughout the house, comprising coffered paneling on the walls, built-in bookcases, an imposing fireplace, formal staircase and patterned hardwood floors. Avoiding the free-flowing patterns of Victorian architecture, the decorative frame around the fireplace comprises symmetrical pilasters, dentils and other features derived from Classical architecture, though here constructed in wood rather than marble. Numerous stained-glass windows filter light into the entry vestibule and main staircase landing, as well as into the dining room through the curved bays on the side of the house. Brass door hardware, marble fixtures and gold accent tile in the bathrooms complete the picture of restrained but uncompromising design of this 5,000-square-foot home.


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Even the “rear" of the house would stand out on a street lined with fine homes. A balustraded balcony surmounts the porch, with a corner stairway. A projecting vestibule extends out well beyond the porch. Though a freestanding garage has been built to the rear of the house, the old attached garage is still visible behind it, certainly being one of the first attached garages in Fargo. Now restored, the house stands much as it did 120 years ago, a reminder that quality materials and thoughtful design can stand the test of time for many generations.

Photo by Hillary Ehlen

Paul H. Gleye is a professor of architecture at North Dakota State University. His fields of expertise include historic preservation and urban design, and he leads the architecture school’s term abroad program in Europe each spring semester.

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