For over 70 years, from 1887 until his death in 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most admired and most controversial figures in American architecture. He designed over 1000 homes in an entirely new school of homebuilding he called “organic architecture.”
This new attitude toward architecture resulted in home that harmonized nature and daily living, bringing the beauty of the outdoors into the home and building homes of natural materials that blended with their surroundings.
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Only 511 of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs were ever built, and only 432 are still standing. Every surviving Frank Lloyd Wright home is priceless, but the Frank Lloyd Wright home in St. Louis Park, Minnesota was recently listed for a relatively modest $1.295 million.
What kind of Frank Lloyd Wright home can you buy for $1.295 million?
The St. Louis Park property sits in seclusion on 3.77 acres of woodland. It is measured at a spacious 2,647 square feet. There are dramatic terraces of brick at the front entrance. The front door leads to an open floor plan with broad spans of glass windows bringing natural light inside. The design includes an updated kitchen with a stunning kitchen island, office space, a great room with Wright’s signature vaulted ceilings and office space on the first floor, and three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor.
The Frank Lloyd Wright home in St. Louis Park boasts some features that were far ahead of their time when the house was built. There is a capacious media room with cushioned wooden benches that line its walls. The media room’s walls feature built-in shelves that face an open, carpeted space.
The pentagonal kitchen optimizes space with comfortable custom stools that provide plenty of space of casual dining. The kitchen floors are terracotta. There is also an open area that serves as a combination of dining and living room with lines of sight ideal for parents of growing children.
This great room contains not one but two focal points. Floor to ceiling glass windows take in a view of nearby nature, but homeowners only have to gaze over ottomans and armchairs for easy socializing to enjoy a floor to ceiling fireplace. Above the great room is a cathedral ceiling, and the floors continue the terracotta theme of the kitchen and dining area.
The rear of the house opens to a lush green lawn framed by tall, mature trees that complement the natural tones in the house’s brick façade.
Connoisseurs of Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes know that many of his contractors left out important details — like plumbing connections — and surviving homes tend to be a little slow to sell because they are often fixer-uppers. But this home is turnkey condition and is a rare opportunity for every lover of classically American architecture.