the willey house

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the willey house
255 bedford st. se
minneapolis, minnesota 55414

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In June 1932, Nancy Willey sent a letter to Frank Lloyd Wright, asking him to provide the Willey family with a "creation of art" for a budget of about $8,000. Wright responded with a design he dubbed "Gardenwall." Built in 1934, the house originally had panoramic views of the Mississippi River (before the construction of I-94).

Constructed primary of red brick and cypress wood, the Willey House (as it is more commonly known) features a departure in the compartmentalized designs of Wright's earlier work. Mrs. Willey needed a clear view from the kitchen to the rest of the home to watch the children.

The house can be viewed as a bridge between Wright's earlier Prairie School work to his later Usonian styles.

The house is currently privately owned, and the views from the street are partially obstructed.

Photo: Todd Murray