Demolition Permit Issued for Historic 32,000 Sq. Ft. Pillsbury Mansion on Lake Minnetonka
1400 Bracketts Point Road, Wayzata, Minnesota, United States, 55391
Update: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, Tim George, owner of three high end wedding & corporate event venues in the Twin Cities, has told us he is interested in purchasing the Pillsbury Mansion in order to preserve and turn it into a commercially viable event space. George is no stranger to historic properties. All three of his venues were either condemned, deserted or near demolition at one point in their history. He had even expressed interest in the Pillsbury Mansion as far back as February, but with renovations ongoing at his 20,000 square foot Redmont Estate, he planned to come back to the idea at a later date. Click here to learn more.
Update: Monday, August 20, 2018, The Laker & Pioneer has confirmed that it is the main house slated for demolition and according to city officials, several other smaller structures on the property have already been demolished.
A landmark home on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka may be headed for a similar fate of so many historic mansions in America. The Laker & Pioneer has reported that a demolition permit has been issued for the historic Southways Estate on Bracketts Point in Wayzata, Minnesota. The sprawling mansion was designed by renowned architect Harrie T. Lindeberg in 1918 for John S. Pillsbury and wife Eleanor, son of Charles Pillsbury, co-founder of Pillsbury Co. According to Laker & Pioneer, the historic property is owned by James and Joanna Jundt who purchased it in 1992 for $5,000,000. According to CBS Minnesota, the couple poured tens of millions of dollars into renovating, restoring and winterizing the massive home. They first put it on the market in 2007 for a then record breaking asking price of $53,500,000. With no takers, the original 13 acre estate was subdivided and down came the price. It was reduced to $24,000,000 and once more to $7,900,000 as a 3.4 acre estate. The 32,000 square foot home includes seven bedrooms, thirteen bathrooms, large formal rooms, exquisite original details and a lovely indoor spa. The property includes a caretaker’s cottage, swimming pool, tennis complex, teahouse and extensive frontage on Lake Minnetonka. Laker & Pioneer reports that James and Joanna Jundt are listed on the demolition permit, which is strange, why would somebody with a love of history and who had spent so much money into restoring the home now want it demolished? This particular home reminds us of Atlanta, Georgia’s historic Glenridge Hall that saw a similar fate when the property was sold to developers. We’ll update the post as information becomes available, in the meantime scroll down and fall in love with this gorgeous lakefront mansion! Be sure to also check out this 18,000 square foot home by John Kraemer & Sons on Lake Minnetonka and this historic c.1906 Dutch Colonial.