An Untouched Frank Lloyd Wright House Is For Sale
It’s been almost 60 years since Paul and Helen Olfelt hired iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright to build their Minnesota house. Now the couple are in their 90s, and are selling the—totally untouched!—place for $1.295 million.
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The three bedroom, two bathroom home sits on 3.77 “extremely private acres at the end of a quiet cul de sac” in St. Louis Park, just seven miles from downtown Minneapolis. Inside its 2,647 square feet, there are vaulted ceilings and walls of windows that take advantage of the “incredible light” in the home’s breathtaking great room, which also features a stunning brick fireplace. The floors throughout are done in the architect’s signature hue, Cherokee Red.
Wright, who started the project in 1958 and construction was completed—after his death—in 1960, designed (nearly) all the furniture and fixtures in the house, as he was wont to do for his Usonian homes. The property has extensive built-ins, as well as dining chairs, lamps, and even cabinet pulls created from Wright’s original designs. The place even has a finished basement, quite a rare find for a FLW house.
Lately it seems like there’s usually a few FLW properties for sale in any given year. Last fall, a late 60s (also mostly untouched) Wright house hit the market in San Rafael, north of San Francisco, the Sturges home in Brentwood was auctioned off in June, and a rare rowhouse (who knew Wright did rowhouses??) in Chicago was for sale earlier in the year.
In 2015, ten of Wright’s most famous works were nominated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Unfortunately, the committee referred the group—which included Fallingwater, Taliesin West, and Unity Temple—for later consideration, which means the properties will most likely resubmitted this year.
The home is currently listed with Coldwell Banker for $1.295 million.
h/t Town & Country
Update 9/19/17: This post was updated to reflect a price reduction from $1.395 million to $1.295 million.