Olfelt House

The Olfelt Frank Lloyd Wright house is for sale in St. Louis Park for $1.495M.

FLW loved in built-in bench seating!

Some highlights:

  • One of nine surviving Wright houses in Minnesota
  • Only about 20 Wright houses are still in the hands of the original owner or family members
  • Particularly rare because it’s one of the very few Wright houses with a basement

Looks like the comments are running predominately against. glb123 nails it – “He might have been a great architect, but he was a terrible structural engineer!!”.

I visited Taliesin in Spring Green, WI earlier this spring. At the beginning of the tour I remarked to the docent that it seemed that the facility was in need of millions of dollars of repair work. At the end of the tour I upped my estimate to *tens* of millions of dollars. I found it interesting that the caretakers of the property have to remove all of the furniture (in the main wing at least… I think) every winter as the house is so porous. In his bedroom, you can see inch thick gaps underneath doors where Frank’s precious stone has settled. They are also battling gopher infestations which doesn’t help with the foundation. He sacrificed quite a bit in order to use stone throughout.