Jackson Meadow is a nationally recognized residential development in Marine-on-St. Croix. The project is located on 145 acres of former agricultural land in the St. Croix River valley, amidst the open fields and wooded hills on a glacial bench above the town of Marine-on-St. Croix. The project takes it’s name from the owner of the old farm, Tom Jackson.

In a unique collaboration at Jackson Meadow, Coen+Partners’ and Salmela Architect worked to redefine typical suburban development patterns by employing a rural community typology. The development is metaphorically organized like the town of Marine, with a central neighborhood, the Village, organized around a series of small gridded lots, and larger ‘country’ lots set along a loop road that follows the tree line.

Within this simple community framework, Jackson Meadow provides both Jackson Meadow and Marine-on-St Croix residents access to and from adjacent open space corridors. Front porches connect directly to trails linking over 350 acres of land, linking Jackson Meadow to William O’Brien State Park, Tanglewood Nature Preserve, adjacent neighborhoods, and downtown Marine-on-St. Croix. Children use the trail system to walk to Marine elementary School, or play in the many open spaces provided by the community.

With only one architect (David Salmela) and one landscape architect (Coen+Partners), the design of Jackson Meadow is consistent and cohesive. The architecture and landscape are patterned after the local architecture and landscape, with a simple vocabulary of pitched roofs, limited materials, native plantings. The houses were designed after careful study of Marine-on-St Croix’s local architecture, and are smaller than typical suburban homes.


LOCATION: Marine on St. Croix, MN

COLLABORATORS: Salmela Architect

SIZE: 145 acres

RECOGNITION: 2004 Wood Design Award, 2005 AIA Urban Design Award, 1999 AIA Honor Award, 1999 ASLA Award, Minnesota Chapter, 2001 ASLA Award, 200 AIA Housing PIA Award