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https://patch.com/minnesota/minnetonka/ ... demolished
I was lucky enough to tour the house several years back and was impressed. Cool plan and dramatic cantilevers. Lucky me, unlucky everyone else who will not get the chance.
P.S. Looking forward to a serious critique of whatever those dozen luxury homes turn out to be. That's fair, right?
A mansion with lake frontage is the ultimate goal of wealthy Minnesotans, and no lake is more desirable than Minnetonka. Unfortunately, onerous property tax rates (they ain't got no Prop 13 in MN) make it difficult to maintain the luxury. There are still several Jack Howe houses around the lake, and to see them start to fall would be depressing, but not surprising.
https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/ ... cle_search
This bit is interesting:
"The home was built in 1966, and based on Minnetonka city staffersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ research, the original architectural plans for the home may have been completed by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. But the plans Ã¢â‚¬Å“appear to have been made for a lot in EdinaÃ¢â‚¬Â� and then were modified by an unknown architect, according to city documents.
City officials donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. reviewed the final construction plan modifications or oversaw the homeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s construction, diminishing the homeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s historical value. It is not listed on the National Register of Historic Places, or as a Minnetonka Landmark, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unknown if it would qualify as a historic place, city officials concluded."
If the original plans of the house are available (the Edina design), will Polymath Park be looking to (re)build this home to Lloyd Wright's original idea?
AMEN!DavidC wrote:We Wright aficionados owe a great measure of thanks to Tom and Heather Papinchak - owners of Polymath Park - for all they have done and continue to do to save Wright and Wright-related structures from disappearing off of the face of the earth. May their blessings continue!David