Working out of the back of his house for a year or so, Mower’s first project was a small, single-family home in Chippewa Falls, Wis. The start of this first project helped Mower to develop a sense of what architecture, the form and the function of it, comprises. “Architecture means a whole lot of stuff,” he says. “Not only the artistic parts, but you also need to mix in the technical parts of structural and mechanical engineering along with ‘Mr. Budget.’ That guy is always on our mind.”
After the successful completion of this home, he worked from the same building in St. Paul for over 15 years.