Ever since the major auction houses have started including masterpieces of modern architecture in their design sale, this territory has acquired a broader scope. Now, in its upcoming design sale, Wright is offering the guest house which Mike and Penny Winton commissioned from Frank Gehry in 1984 (completed in 1987). The small structure is composed of six geometric-forms clad in a variety of finishes, typical to the postmodernist approach which Gehry practiced in the 80s. The tall pyramid-shaped living room is finished in black painted metal; a curved bedroom covered in dolomite limestone from southern Minnesota, a cube-shaped fireplace alcove faced in brick; a large rectangular garage and kitchenette covered in Finnish plywood and aluminum strips; a smaller rectangular loft in galvanized steel is supported by column clad in the same material; and a rectangular second bedroom with a slanted roof also finished in black painted metal. Initially, the guest house was situated on the Winton’s 12-acre Lake Minnetonka property, but in 2008, it moved to Owatonna where it still stands. After the sale, this icon will move from there to a new home.
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