So, as most of you know, Minne Lusa was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places this last April. We are now formally Minne Lusa Historic District. This was no small feat and much thanks is to be given to Jennifer Honebrink of Alley Poyner Macchietto Architects for her brilliant work in researching and compiling nearly all of the information in the rather extensive submission. One of the treasures she came across in her research is a book of homes that were the design inspirations for many of the homes in Minne Lusa.
Everett Dodd was a local architect who designed many vernacular craftsman style homes. his designs were particulaly commendable for their simplicity, their adaptability, and their scalability. Many of the home styles are able to be repeated with a wide variety of alterations that make each iteration look like a completely new design. For a time, he had his own column in the Omaha World Herald where he would print his latest design and floorplan and talk about its finer points. In one of these articles, he responded to a critic that his arts and crafts designs lacked some of the masculinity that is a hallmark of the style. He stated that he intentionally designed his homes with the woman in mind because it was she would be the one to most enjoy it and care for it. This is evident when looking at the home designs in his book. The scale of the home and its features definitely have a slightly feminine appeal.
I thought it would be fun to post the book for you all to look through. I’m sure you’ll see some homes you recognize, maybe even the one you grew up in!