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Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House opens for tours

Posted by: Mary Abbe under Art, Architecture Updated: May 3, 2012 - 1:17 PM

 

 Star Tribune photo of house at its original site.

Los Angeles-based architect Frank Gehry earned early acclaim for an innovative guest house designed for Twin Cities arts patrons Mike and Penny Winton. Originally located on their 11 acre estate overlooking Lake Minnetonka, the house was disassembled and moved to rural Owatonna after the Winton's sold the property.

The house is now owned by the University of St. Thomas which has set up an exhibition in the house about its design and construction including blueprints, drawings, photos and correspondence. The exhibit features a 13 minute video about the home and its dramatic move to Owatonna.

The guest house is small but distinctive, with a design that resembles a miniature village of tightly clustered buildings clad in plywood, metal and other apparently unrelated materials. Time magazine included it in its "Best of '87," design section. Other well-known Gehry projects include the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Tours of the guest house will be offered on the second weekend of each month from May through September, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. $7 adults, $5 students with I.D., free to children 12 and under. Tour dates are: May 12 and 13; June 9 and 10; July 14 and 15; August 11 and 12; September 15 and 16.

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