Quote: George Elliott

April 26th, 2007 by Peter Schmelzer

“What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for others.”

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Unanimous Approval Received!

April 17th, 2007 by Peter Schmelzer

St. Ansgar Lutheran Church Master Plan

Lately, we have been working with St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls, Minnesota.

Together, we looked at the current and future needs for the congregation relative to their existing facilities. Through a process of investigation, discussion, design sketches and thoughtful review, we arrived at a Master Plan.

On Sunday afternoon, we presented the final Master Plan drawings, documents, computer model images, and scale model to the congregation. Then, they voted unanimously to move into a Capital Campaign to raise funds to realize the $1.9 million Master Plan.

We find it very rewarding to work closely with our clients, so that the needs and goals they bring to the table are embodied in our work. A unanimous vote of approval is testament to that!

Stay tuned; our web site will soon bear images of the Master Plan and its accoutrements!

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Homeshow Report

April 9th, 2007 by Peter Schmelzer


Again this year, VIVUS Architecture + Design presented our wares at the Northfield Home and Garden Show. On a rainy, dreary day, we saw many familiar faces and met more new neighbors.


Mike Von Ruden of Innovative Storage Concepts was there for the first time, promoting his selection of storage systems and wood products.

Roger Kelm

Mabel's Draperies

Roger Kelm of Edward Jones had the booth directly behind ours, and next to us was Luann Alderks of Mabel’s Draperies Part II.

There were many other companies hosting displays and a good flow of traffic throughout the day. Thanks to everyone who stopped to visit our display.

This year, we accepted entries for a drawing for two-free hours of design consultation from VIVUS. Stay tuned for our drawing!

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AIA Firm Open House

April 3rd, 2007 by Mary Schmelzer

Vivus will be holding an open house on April 12 from 4 to 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with other participating Minnesota architecture firms. This is one of the ways the Minnesota American Institute of Architects is celebrating Architecture Week and the 150th anniversary of the AIA. Stop in to the office, have a snack and see what we’ve been working on. Or, maybe you have an upcoming project you’d like to discuss–come see the possibilities!

Thursday nights the shops are open later, so make an evening of downtown Northfield in the spring! We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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