[Bell Bank Merges with Warner and Co.]
Story by Alyssa Nishek
Photography provided by Dan Francis Photography
With the merging of two deeply rooted institutions of the Fargo community, like Warner and Co. and Bell Bank, comes the need for a suitable workspace to house the new entity.
This downtown space, with its close proximity to the Fargo Theater, originally housed Warner and Co. The first renovation of the facility took place fifteen years prior and was done by Brian Berg of Zerr Berg Architects, who would also come to be the principal architect on the recent renovation. Just shy of thirty employees, the expansive four-story building was seemingly non-sensical for Warner and Co., so a decision was made to move their space exclusively to the third floor and renovate the rest to be prime real estate for tenants. However, timing as it may be, proved to have other plans for the space. Upon the merge with Bell Bank, each floor of the building became thoroughly occupied.
The front elevation of the building gives it an altogether new presence on Broadway. The addition of a vertical window and an iridescent look provided by the back lit metal panels offers a contemporary feel to the streetscape of Bell Insurance.
Brian Zerberg spoke on the new streetscape saying, “We took an existing building with a relatively rigid façade and added some playfulness to it that really made it a landmark on Broadway.”
A brick mural of Bell Bank’s logo was made to replace the previous Warner sign.
Story by Desirae Putnam
Photography by Dan Francis Photography
When homeowners talk about renovating, they usually discuss knocking down a few walls, adding a gourmet kitchen, or how wonderful an open concept will be to entertain family and friends. They talk about the budget, paint colors, lighting, and furniture. Walking into Mike Hills’ 1967 Fargo 2-story the first time last summer led to another important conversation. Maybe the most important conversation. Who is going to bring this home to life?
Shortly after moving to Fargo from Minneapolis, Hills completely gutted his new home without a formal game plan beyond demo. Fortunately, his neighbor had years of contractor experience and ties to the residential building industry.
“Amon Engberg and I worked together on a renovation about five years prior in a nearby neighborhood. He has a meticulous affection for details so I was absolutely delighted to hear from him,”
[Urban Prairie Homes ]
Story by Alyssa Nishek
Photography provided by Micah J. Zimmerman, Amdak Productions
Local home builder, Urban Prairie Homes, provides a building experience rich in creativity and design. Based in Fargo, N.D., owner, Joe Richards, spent twenty-one years as the owner-operator of a large drywall company before branching out to home building.
“I wanted to provide something different at an affordable price point,” shared Richards, who's project designs range from modern, contemporary farmhouse to conservative.
In the beginning...
Richards carefully assembled a team of experienced subcontractors with the same level of care for the home building process as himself.
“On our houses, I’ve been lucky to work with a great group of subcontractors that I’ve been friends with and worked with all these years. Most of them are on the jobsite throughout the build as owner-operators and care about the homes as if they were their own”, shared Richards, whom, with his old school work ethic, can be found onsite of each build as well.
DEVELOPER UTILIZES TECHNOLOGY TO SHOWCASE ONE-OF-A-KIND DEVELOPMENT
Rocking Horse Farm’s 160-acre development in South Fargo can now be experienced through a 360° virtual tour that includes the opportunity to step inside ten featured model homes.
Rocking Horse Farm partnered with Amdak Productions and Be More Colorful, both from Fargo, N.D., and ten different home builders to bring this project to life. “This is a one-of-a-kind project as far as we know,” said Matthew Chaussee of Be More Colorful. “Amdak Productions and Be More Colorful are the first to execute a housing development project like this in the upper Midwest.”
Navigating the virtual tour is quite intuitive. It doesn’t require any special software and works on both mobile phones and desktop computers. Interactive hotspots within the virtual tour allow you to quickly move from place to place within the development. This allows you to get close to view "Rocking Horse Park”, “The Cottages”, “Pond Lots”, homes on specific streets, and more! Informational icons within these hotspots provide additional tidbits about Rocking Horse Farm’s unique features, amenities and even future plans.
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