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Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Another incredible Frank Lloyd Wright home is on the market in Minneapolis, where you might recall the rare Paul Olfelt house that went up for sale a couple of years ago for the first time ever. The residence in question today is known as the Frieda and Henry J. Neils House, and it was designed in 1949 for a stone and architectural materials distributor and his wife.
The home is unique in several ways, beginning with the fact that Wright and Henry Neils collaborated quite closely on its construction. Different materials were used than are typical for a Wright-designed house (because of Neils’s professional background), and this one, which was completed in 1951, features aluminum window framing instead of wood. The house also uses marble walls, the first Wright project to do so.
The overall design, however, is peak Usonian and boasts an L-shaped floorplan with large window expanses, angled corners and asymmetrical layouts, wood paneling, Wright’s trademark “Cherokee Red” flooring, built-in furniture and storage, and, of course, the balance of natural materials like wood, stone, and glass.
The soaring great room is the 2,511-square-foot home’s focal point, where the overhanging roof appears to thrust the space out toward Cedar Lake. Walls of glass and sliders further the indoor-outdoor connection, while stone walls, a long integrated sofa and massive hearth cozy up the room. A dining nook with built-in bench seating and what looks like original Wright furniture is found on the other side. (This arrangement looks very similar to the Olfelt’s floorplan.)
Beyond that is the kitchen, as well as steps leading to the private quarters. There are three bedrooms, each unique in its layout and each incorporating paneling and built-ins, with one of them including a loft mezzanine that has a “secret” passageway connecting to a second mezzanine and another bedroom below. Rounding out the historic home are two and a half bathrooms, a family room off the kitchen, and stunning outdoor spaces, including a triangular patio right off the living room overlooking the lake.
Impeccably maintained over the years, the nearly half-acre property, located at 2801 Burnham Boulevard, is offered at $3.4 million. It’s only ever had two owners. Will you be the lucky third? Have a look.
Courtesy of Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty