Hospitality (7)

Dellwood Country Club - Pool Area 04 November
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Progressive Architecture worked with new management to re-brand Dellwood Country Club to create a casual, family friendly environment.

The first phase of construction designing a new Pool Building, complete with outdoor dining, walk-up bar and changing rooms was intended to be an attractive selling point for new members. Working with pool designers, an organic shaped “lazy river” and new lap swimming pool was developed to appeal to families.

Dellwood Country Club 04 November
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Dellwood Country Club and Progressive Architecture have been working together to re-brand and create a more family friendly country club. The project scope includes remodeling the 30,000 square footclub house, creating a utility building for golf cart storage, designing a tennis center, and creating a new outdoor pool area. 

The pool building, complete with changing rooms, a bar, and an outdoor dining area with a fire place will be an attractive selling point for
attracting new members. Progressive Architecture worked with the pool designers and created an organic shaped “lazy river” pool, and a new large lap swimming pool.

The club house remodel will include a new interior and exterior color scheme. New outdoor dining and a remodeled banquet facility
will be an attractive venue for weddings, birthdays and events.

04 November
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Margaux, located in downtown St. Paul, bills itself as a new French brasserie. Located in the renovated historic Rossmor building, the restaurant’s interior is white linen chic. The large storefront windows give the feeling of spaciousness to the relatively small dining

The white linens bring refinement to the otherwise raw finishes. Those raw finishes are more in keeping with the true definition of brasserie, which is a tavern that serves simple meals as well as beverages. Just a few simple materials such as glass tiles and a dramatic French wall mural give this restaurant its appeal.

This restaurant was voted one of the top five new restaurants in the March 2007 issue of Mps/St. Paul magazine.

10 October
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Perron Sul Lago

This award winning bistro-style restaurant seats over a hundred patrons in a family-friendly environment that features classic Italian art and cozy booths. An outdoor balcony perched thirty feet above the lake seats forty.

The color palette and finish materials give the restaurant a fresh look without being trendy. Lighting is a major part of the design with two oval backlit, cherry wood clouds that float just below the ceiling.

The bar, which occupies about one-third of the space, features a cherry wood wine display and etched glass window with a backlit Italian landscape behind. 

10 October
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Blarney Pub

This remodeling project is located near the University of Minnesota Campus in Dinkytown. The owner envisioned a place where students and others could comfortably take a break between classes by day and socialize in the evening. The remodeling doubled the size of the existing bar and introduced a double sided fireplace as a focal point. Durable finish materials were used to stand up to heavy, abusive traffic. The balanced design successfully serves the business crowd by day and the college crowd by night. 

10 October
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Stone’s Restaurant

There is a formula for success in Minnesota restaurants, and the new stones restaurant in Stillwater has nailed it. The dcor at Stone’s is stunning; lots of dark wood and copper, the ultimate table lights of hand blown Italian glass, a dark bar bathed in blue light. The owner’s name is Mike Stone, and the stones are a recurring motif-in a sculpture at the entry, in a riverbed of smooth stones that traverses the restroom sinks, in a waterfall on the attractive patio.“ Jeremy Iggers, Star Tribune, September 7 2006

This restaurant project began in a space where another restaurant had already started construction. That project had been abandoned by its owners. The new owner wanted to overlay his own restaurant concept in that partially constructed space. Progressive architecture developed the new owner’s vision by building upon the skeleton of the previous project.

Although somewhat reconceived, the basic framing that had been constructed was supplemented and new materials and lighting were selected to create the desired up-scale, yet casual atmosphere. The resulting environment has broad appeal, part high-end dining, part neighborhood hang out.


10 October
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The Manitou Station

Progressive Architecture worked with a private investor group to design and develop this downtown infill project. This new construction is located on the site of a former filling station in a historic downtown area of this lakeside resort town. The building was carefully scaled to fit within its context and incorporates detailing from the Eastlake and Shingle Style architecture vernacular. The prominent gables, bays and turret orient the building. Flared shingle siding and hipped roof rest on a base of cut stone and are capped with decorative finials along the ridge. The outdoor dining area is slightly elevated to separate it from the adjacent public way and improved views to the neighboring city park.