Lake Minnetonka’s Historic c.1918 Pillsbury Mansion Torn Down
1400 Bracketts Point Road, Wayzata, Minnesota, United States, 55391
The fight is over for Lake Minnetonka’s historic Pillsbury mansion in Wayzata, Minnesota. Lakeshore Weekly News shared a photo today showing the 32,000 square foot mansion being torn down. This comes after efforts to save the century old residence. Tim George, successful wedding venue entrepreneur, expressed interest in purchasing and preserving the mansion into a commercially viable event space. Sadly his efforts did not change the minds of the owners. A demolition permit had been issued by the City of Orono on August 6, 2018. 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. Current owner, James and Joanna Jundt, purchased it in 1992 for $5,000,000 and CBS Minnesota reports that 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 included seven bedrooms, thirteen bathrooms, large formal rooms, exquisite original details and a lovely indoor spa. The property included a caretaker’s cottage, swimming pool, tennis complex, teahouse and extensive frontage on Lake Minnetonka. It’s an absolute shame that something steeped in Minnesota history could be destined for the dump.