The Henry Neils House

An Usonian Gem

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Above: Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota the Henry J. Neils House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1949. Photo: Mike McCaw / SpaceCrafting Photography 

Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota is an almost overlooked Usonian gem. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Henry J. Neils in 1949 the heavily gabled home, with its exquisite use of stone masonry both inside and out, sits unobtrusively on a secluded, wooded lot. Recently put on the market the home has had only two owners in the past 60 years and remains in remarkable, original condition. With the entrance almost hidden off the three space car port (more parking than normal for a Wright design) the 2500 square foot Neils House, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, retains all of its Usonian character – from ample built-in seating to the terra cotta-colored polished concrete floors. A juxtaposition of angles and levels the Neils House, like all of Wright’s successful designs, breathes life and energy; creating a wonderfully timeless space.

The Henry J. Neils House, 1949

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Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota the Henry J. Neils House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1949. Photo: Mike McCaw / SpaceCrafting Photography

 

 

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Period photo of the Henry J. Neils house. Photo: E. Geurrero

 

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Illustration of the Henry J. Neils House. Photo: Wright Archives

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Floor Plan of the Henry J. Neils House. Photo: Wright Archives

 

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Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 – 1959), 90 years old in this 1958 photo, with some of his students at his Taliesin studio and school near Spring Green, Wisconsin. Photo: Marvin Koner

 

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