Is the City of Sioux Falls highest paid employee building a Mini-Monster house in Mckennan Park District?

The house being built is located on about 29th and Pendar Avenue. I’m not sure if it belongs to Dr. Jennifer Jean Tinguely, M.D. but the sign in the boulevard with her name on it may clue us in, considering she does work in health care.

Dr. Tinguely is paid a salary of $245K a year, and is the highest paid city employee. I’m pretty sure she is probably the breadwinner in the family considering her husband is an associate professor of philosophy at USD.

Isn’t it nice seeing a couple who receive their salaries from taxpayers build a home like this? While not as big as the monster yellow house, there are some similarities, like how the home takes up the entire lot, is much taller than the houses around it, and dwarfs the one next to it that is about 1,000 square feet.

Wonder how they got permission to build this . . .hmmmmm. That area you know is a historic district.


#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.03.20 at 12:09 pm

Haven’t you heard? Historic districts are now a living and developing reality, where pedestrians and passer-byers are given a dynamic Epcot experience for free. #RevisionistArchitecture

#2 Steve on 05.03.20 at 12:31 pm

Some people are braggers and like to flaunt their wealth. Others barely live check to check. Things like this will never change.

#3 M on 05.03.20 at 1:23 pm

This is not a historic district. It was in t. Final phases of becoming one a few years ago, but was prevented from moving forward by the residents.

#4 l3wis on 05.03.20 at 1:35 pm

Thank you. I kind of remember when that was rejected. Either way, building something like this as a public employee next to a 1,000 square foot home is ridiculous. I wonder what KANT would think of this? I guess the good doctor’s husband is a fan;

#5 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 05.03.20 at 1:48 pm

Historic districts are where they tear down houses and build new ones or additions to existing homes. Non historic districts are where they tear down houses and build new ones or additions to existing homes.

One is trying to be something, while the other is trying to be more than it was.

#6 J on 05.03.20 at 2:15 pm

Good citizens unite against this monstrosity! Get your pitchforks, rally the online hipsters, stir up the fake moral outrage! My God, what if they paint it…..Taupe! First Covid, now a house bigger than the others and a chance they could choose a color we all deplore! The gall of these folks, they will find out to live in this area they must conform to our standards.

#7 l3wis on 05.03.20 at 2:47 pm

Funny, this is not about the money they make or what they choose to do with it, this is about being public employees and choosing to flaunt it. If they were both private doctors, I would not give a rats ass, but when you choose to make your living from taxpayers and choose to build a house that does not fit in the neighborhood, you have to question their intentions. I also find the good doctor’s hours of 8-5 during the week to be questionable because I have seen her jogging in the afternoon (before 5 PM) DT last summer on several occasions. So you get paid $245K from taxpayers, but you are out jogging during your work hours? How does that work? How do you see patients between 8-5 when you are jogging at 4 PM? It’s fine to be arrogant if you are in private practice, but when I am paying your wages, you better put on your boots and show up.

#8 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.03.20 at 3:32 pm

Actually, I have noticed a trend where taupe is not as dominant in more affluent neighborhoods, and why is this? Well, think about it. Wealth means attorneys who can make nasty covenants go away. Plus, homes in such neighborhoods are built independently and not as a part of a track development, so builders and future owners have more say in the finalities of such homes unlike in track housing neighborhoods, where middle class buyers are beholden to the wishes of developers and real estate agents who see new homes not really as the new owner’s, but rather a development which they want to keep neutral, or should we say taupe, so they can turn your house quicker, due to its neutrality, when you choose to sell it and buy a bigger taupe home with a bigger mortgage. I might also add, that gray interior walls lend themselves to this plan as well.

#9 Sierra on 05.03.20 at 5:19 pm

Hey now leave her alone that is my doctor. She is a very nice down to earth person very passionate and caring get to know her . Let me say this I have spoken to her about the salary she gets and she told me that nurses should get paid more then doctors. She is a firm believer that nurses should be paid more .

#10 Color me blue on 05.03.20 at 6:18 pm

All this talk about home building and colors has got me jazzed. Are you available as a consultant, you seem quite knowledgeable on these matters. Oh, could I contract Woodstock to do the painting. I think he’d add a lot to the mix.

#11 l3wis on 05.03.20 at 8:19 pm

Sierra, you realize she gets paid 4-5 times more than a nurse. Easy to be an advocate. Maybe she should give some of her salary to nurses? Nurse pay in SF is 49th in the nation, so I agree with her. Maybe she should say something publicly. Oh, that’s right, like most city employees they have no problem being advocates privately, but would never say anything publicly.

#12 anonymous on 05.03.20 at 8:47 pm

Drive by 29th and Pendar Lane and see what you think.

You won’t have any trouble figuring out what house it is!!

#13 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.03.20 at 9:26 pm

I wouldn’t suggest “Woodstock” for painting. He always tries to use his wings when painting, and then it looks like you know what. #ColorMeChartreuse

#14 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 05.03.20 at 10:47 pm

What I really like about Pendar Lane is that it looks like a lightly upscale version of the Universal Studios neighborhood that Eddie Haskell once lived in, or Cousin Eddie would have left his RV parked in.

In fact, little beknownst to many, the Muensters actually lived right across from the Cleavers. So, I wonder if Eddie Muenster ever played with the Beav, and did it make Larry Mondello jealous, or just curious?

#15 rufusx on 05.04.20 at 5:24 am

The little 1950’s bungalow next to it certainly doesn’t meet the historical architectural standards for the district. But no complaint from you – right? I suppose it probably replaced an old-fashioned house BEFORE the historical designation was put into place. Who knows, maybe THAT house’s construction was even part of the impetus for creating the historical district?? Envy is ugly.

#16 Agitator on 05.04.20 at 7:19 am

Let’s see-16 attorneys on PTH legal staff for the virus-16 MD,s on the city payroll.

#17 The Guy From Guernsey on 05.04.20 at 7:27 am

When eating each another, do liberals apply condiments to the meal?
That is the deep philosophical reflection which I ask after reading this post and the initial flury of ensuing comments.

#18 l3wis on 05.04.20 at 7:29 am

Envy, I think not. I have never really understood why anyone would want to invest $500K+ in a home in this town. If I was going to drop that kind of coin, it would be on a beach cabana. The issue here isn’t really the size of the home, it is the size of the lot. Did we not learn anything from the big yellow house? Just because you can build a house that covers the entire lot, does that mean you should?

#19 The Guy From Guernsey on 05.04.20 at 7:51 am

“What Kant would think of this?”

My answer to the final exam for PHIL 100:
As a thing-in-itself, this house exists, but its nature is unknowable. (1)

In before “Woodstock” with this musing, “yah, imagine the cigar humidor which could be put in that crib! A wine cellar I bet, too!”

(1) wikipedia entry for Immanuel Kant, accessed May 4, 2020.

#20 D@ily Spin on 05.04.20 at 8:36 am

Why is there a doctor on city staff who also has a full time private practice? Perhaps one is necessary but couldn’t they be contracted as needed? There will be a major budget shortfall due to low sales tax revenue. Situations such as this must be corrected if not permanently cut.

#21 "Woodstock" on 05.04.20 at 10:51 am


“Wait a minute, you mentioned cigar and Kant. Are you talking about that guy downtown?”…. “Because he had a place that no longer existed, which caused its nature to be known.”

#22 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.04.20 at 10:59 am

Perhaps, we should declare Hilltop a working, or middle class, historic district before it, too, falls victim to upper middle income/affluent gentrification.

This construction reflects our times. It symbolizes the collapse of the middle class and the growth of an upper middle income sector, who want everyone else to go to vocational school, in order, to service their fat homes in the future. #WorkforceDevelopmentMyAss

#23 anominous on 05.04.20 at 4:16 pm

some local white rapper crammed in a mcmansion and nobody cared

#24 Anonymoose on 05.04.20 at 6:05 pm

Say what you want about the tackiness of building a house that sticks out like a sore thumb, but to rag on a city employee over their choice of house they bought just because they happen to be a city employee is just immature and small-minded.

These things are not related. Trying to connect the two just comes off as petty. Government employees are allowed to have a personal life and they shouldn’t base their decisions on housing on who employs them any more than you should judge them for their housing because of where they work.

#25 l3wis on 05.04.20 at 7:17 pm

Don’t have a problem with how they want to spend their money, I also don’t have a problem with the house itself. My point is it is too large for that lot. They should have built it in the burbs and many of the neighbors who told me about it are not happy. I also do take issue with the city letting this slide when we had to tear down another house a few blocks away that was in a similar situation. I am suspicious and for good reason.

#26 Anime on 05.05.20 at 9:18 am

Wait I am confused, earlier you said “it’s about them being public employees and choosing to flaunt it” and that we need to “question their intentions”which indicates you seem to think it’s Ok and righteous to control their behavior. Later you said your “point is it is too large for that lot.” So which is it, the size of the lot or the size of their wallet? The previous posters are right, you are envious and petty.

#27 l3wis on 05.05.20 at 10:13 am

It’s all of the above. If you even knew how much city directors are overpaid in this city compared to cities around us it would make you sick. Envy is not my nature, I live very modestly. Did you also know we are the only major city in the Midwest that pays a public employee to be our chief medical officer? Why is that?

#28 Ask the Neighbors! on 05.05.20 at 7:07 pm

The house is too big for the lot.

#29 Agitator on 05.05.20 at 10:02 pm

I believe it will be up to that area to get together and see what they can get done. On the city payroll definetly has its perks. To the couple confused they should run in a circle 3 times and their owners can clean up after them!

#30 Pendar Pondering on 05.06.20 at 12:19 pm

“The house is too big for the lot.”

But haven’t you heard? The trend is to stand on your deck and closely peer over so you can watch your neighbors eat their breakfast. #WhatABeautifulTaupeMorning