Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house for sale in St. Louis Park

- There are only about a dozen Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Minnesota, and three of them are in the metro area. Now, one in St Louis Park is for sale by the original owners and it could be someone's dream home.

"He loved working with ordinary families and making their dreams come true," Coldwell Burnet Banker realtor Chad Larsen, who is co-listing the home with his business partner Barry Berg, said. 

Paul and Helen Olfelt wrote to Wright asking him to build a house for them and their children in the late 50's.

He responded with plans for a 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home built into a hillside in a secluded cul-de-sac with a wall of windows, a wood burning fireplace and built-in seating, that overlooks a private grassland in their backyard.

"He had them out to his studio in Wisconsin and presented the plans and he said 'I built a nice little nest for you,' Larsen said.

In addition to building a basement, which he normally didn't do, Wright also designed some of the furniture and furnishings including the dining room table, the kitchen island and even the chandelier, which the Olfelts lived with since the home was finished in 1960.

The unique thing here is the family story. The family sought out Wright when he was tremendously popular in the 1950s. They lived in this house for 56 years. Almost longer than any other family has lived in a Wright house. 

Inside, what you see is mint condition. Everything is like it was in 1960 when they moved in. Its remarkable in that sense," Tim Quigley, local architect and member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, said. 

Even though Wright left his imprint on the house, Larsen says it'll be up to the next owner to make it a home again.

"My hope is that a buyer will come along and love it as much as hey have. Make it a family home or them and carry it into the next century," Larsen said. 

Wright didn't do garages either, so this home has a carport instead.

Larsen says the Olfelts are selling the house because they are in their 90s.

The price tag? A cool $1,495,000. More details on the property can be found at berglarsengroup.com


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