Wedding Venue Owner Interested in Buying and Preserving Historic Pillsbury Mansion Slated for Demolition
1400 Bracketts Point Road, Wayzata, Minnesota, United States, 55391
There just might be a light at the end of the dark and depressing tunnel. 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. That later date is now. A demolition permit has recently been issued for the historic home on Bracketts Point on Lake Minnetonka. Time is limited and Tim is eagerly looking for a way to contact the current owners, James and Joanna Jundt. 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 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. Tim George’s properties include the historic Van Dusen Mansion which dates to 1892 and Bavaria Downs, the former Redmond Estate, which spans 270 acres with a private lake. George also has personal ties to the historic Pillsbury Mansion. He was a two time state tennis champion and practiced at the courts on the Pillsbury Mansion estate.