Frieda and Henry J. Neils House

Over the weekend I attended the birthday party of a friend where I had the privilege of spending the evening hanging out in an original Frank Lloyd Wright house. Built in 1951, the Frieda and Henry J. Neils House is an L-shaped Usonian home located right on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis. It has many unique design features including 17-foot vaulted ceilings, lofted beds in the children’s rooms, built-in seating and storage, and a swiveling cauldron attached to the enormous marble fireplace. The furniture has changed since 1951, but the structure still retains many original elements such as the inset wall oven, retro exhaust fans, and aluminum windows. Without a basement or garage to keep things in, the rest of the house is filled with unexpected and efficient storage spaces. I would gladly trade a basement for the elation of spending every day in such an amazing place.

1. Front of the house

2. Back door

3. Living room

4. Exhaust fan and built-in oven detail

5. Marble wall detail

6. Fireplace with cauldron

7. Long entryway shelves

8. Back patio

9. View of Cedar Lake from the patio

10. In-ground trampoline


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