Save The Historic Pillsbury Mansion – Demolition Permit Issued for Historic 32,000 Sq. Ft. Pillsbury Mansion (60 Photos)Leave a comment
August 18, 2018 by Billionaire Addresses
Demolition Permit Issued for Historic 32,000 Sq. Ft. Pillsbury Mansion on Lake Minnetonka – A landmark home on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka may be headed for a similar fate of so many historic mansions in America.
—Billionaire Addresses says: This mansion is located just a short distance from where I live and has quite a history. I just can’t believe anyone would want to demolish such a grand piece of property! It just makes me ill thinking about it. All Minnesotans and the world should try to stop this demolition. We beg of everyone to get involved to save this historic mansion. SAVE THE PILLSBURY MANSION!
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The story just a few years ago was this:
Remember the Lake Minnetonka estate that was listed for sale two years ago with a record asking price of $53.5 million?
Well, it hasn’t sold yet.
So, property owners Jim and Joanne Jundt are putting the Wayzata home up for auction. The deadline for sealed bids is Dec. 9, and the estate will be available in its entirety or as five 2-plus-acre parcels, according to Sheldon Good & Co., a Chicago-based firm that’s handling the auction.
Built in 1918 for the Pillsbury family, the 40,000-square-foot mansion is located on almost 13 acres of Bracketts Point, a peninsula along the lake’s northern shore. Called Southways, the estate consists of seven structures including the main residence, an Arts and Crafts-style detached garage, pool and tennis complex, smoke room, teahouse and caretaker’s cottage.
The original owners were John S. and Eleanor Pillsbury, the son and daughter-in-law of Charles Pillsbury, co-founder of the Pillsbury Co. It was designed by renowned architect Harrie T. Lindeberg. When the estate was being listed by local real estate agents, it was by far the most expensive house on the market in the Twin Cities — at least among properties marketed through the Regional MLS of Minnesota.
Among MLS properties, the most expensive home ever to sell locally went for $17.5 million in 2006. Since 2000, six homes in the Twin Cities have sold for $8 million or more, and all have been located on or near Lake Minnetonka, according to the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors.
And this is what I read today…..
One of Lake Minnetonka’s landmark homes may soon be reduced to rubble. The former summer house of John S. Pillsbury Sr., son of flour tycoon Charles A. Pillsbury, the iconic 32,461-square-foot mansion at 1400 Bracketts Point Road was built in 1918 and features seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and nine fireplaces, according to the most recent real estate listing for the property. The Pillsburys named the estate “Southways” and raised six children there, according to the listing.
On Monday, Aug. 6, the City of Orono issued a residential demolition permit for the property. The permit was issued to JS Stewart Companies, Inc., a Hanover-based company that provides demolition and excavation services. The permit specifies that the demolition must commence within 180 days of the date of its issuance.
The owners of the home are listed on the permit as James and Mary Jundt. The permit lists a Scottsdale, Ariz., address for the couple.
Thank you to Zillow.com for the images as well as CBSLocal
UPDATE: One Tuesday August 28, 2018 the 32,461-square-foot mansion at 1400 Bracketts Point Road that was built in 1918 was destroyed. Jim and Joanne Jundt of Paradise Valley, AZ., found that money was more important than history. They even had someone that came forward that would have bought it, they just wanted their money out of it. Another money hungry rich couple. Shame on the both of you. Now the beautiful estate can be 20 smaller plastic homes. Just what we need in this world.
Here’s is a 2011 article from CBS Local about the Pillsbury Mansion and Estate:
It is one of the most alluring homes on Lake Minnetonka. The historic 32,000 square foot Pillsbury Estate on Brackett’s Point sits on 13 acres.
The $24 million price tag makes it the most expensive home for sale in Minnesota. The value may be rooted in the history of the property and the two families who have called Southways home. WCCO got a rare look at the sprawling estate.
Southways sits south-a-ways on Brackett’s Point. The estate, built as John and Eleanor Pillsbury’s summer home in 1918, commands 13 acres of Lake Minnetonka’s most prominent point. Realtor Meredith Howell knows the home, and the family history, well.
“They had six children,” she said. “They wanted the house to be a welcoming house and more of a living-type house, grand but not ostentatious. And when you come into the entry way, it’s intentionally intimate. You’ll notice you can see the lake from three points. The ‘signature view’ is at the end of the long gallery.”
To the east “is the living room, the main room of the house, and it is patterned after a 17th century drawing room in England,” Howell said.
Well-known architect Harrie Lindeberg wanted the walls to be the beige color it is now.
“Mrs. Pillsbury had her own ideas, and she wanted it to be green,” Howell said.
Italian walnut walls in the library were hand-carved by local artisans. The dining room is formal, yet inviting, and an intimate breakfast room.
“It’s designed in the shape of a gazebo. When you look at the floor, you see all the blue tiles that are laid in wave-like format to replicate the waves of the water,” Howell said.
The home is steeped in history. Pictures on the wall show the Pillsbury children and, later, their families.
“They hosted heads of state, both domestic presidents and international, but Mrs. Pillsbury like to have it remembered most as being a home for her children,” Howell said. The home that meant so much to one of Minnesota’s pioneering families was sold in 1992, after Eleanor died at 104.
Former hedge fund manager Jim Jundt and his wife, Joann, bought Southways. The couple, well-known in philanthropic circles, renovated the home, pouring tens of millions of dollars in to winterize and restore it.
“They appreciated the history of it, and they wanted to bring it up to the 21st century and have it be just as it was, except obviously updated,” Howell said.
The Jundts combined upstairs bedrooms to make a grand master suite accompanied by a sitting room, his and her dressing rooms, complete with murals on the ceiling, and a leather floor in the “his.” – There are seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms. One of the bedrooms that remained is the Princess Suite.
“It hosted the prince and princess of Sweden and their young son Bertil in 1938,” Howell said.
On the lower level, an authentic temperature-controlled European wine cellar was added, poised to hold some 6,000 bottles. And there’s a spa and exercise area.
The doors on the main floor open to a breathtaking view of Lake Minnetonka. The grounds are meticulously kept and picturesque pathways surround the property. A pool and pool house now complement the tennis court. The caretaker’s apartment is a short distance away.
The landmark property has been on the market since 2007. Howell began showing it to potential buyers a few years later, and she has high hopes for the next owner.
“I hope it’s somebody who understands the architecture, understands the history and will carry on the legacy of what the Pillsburys and the Jundts have done,” Howell said.
The sale in 1992 was the largest of its kind in Minnesota history, at $5 million. Howell said this next sale, whenever it happens, will trump every sale in the state before it.
From Curbed.com in 2013:
When Southways, the former Pillsbury family summer estate on Lake Minnetonka, first came to market back in 2007, it carried an ambitious $53.5M price tag. Now, after almost six years on the market, the 32,000-square-foot mansion and its 13-acre environs have seen that price slashed, all the way down to $24M. Located just 15 miles west of downtown Minneapolis, the lakefront compound includes the nine-bedroom main house, a Sabrina-style carriage house, a greenhouse, a tennis house, a beach cottage, and a dock. The interiors, which total more than three-quarters of an acre, are done up in extravagant style, with broad hallways, a very formal dining room, multiple sitting rooms, a indoor jacuzzi surrounded by frescos, his and hers dressing rooms, and intricately carved moldings throughout. Built in 1918 for the Pillsbury family, the brick pile has since passed to investor James Jundt, who, after hosting then-President George W. Bush on the property in 2006, has decided to downsize. That is, of course, if anyone comes along to buy this pricey behemoth.
According to real estate records, James Jundt, a former hedge fund manager and onetime co-owner of the Minnesota Vikings, purchased the property for $5 million in 1992. In 2007, it was put on the market for $53.5 million. The price was dropped to $24 million in 2013. As of Friday, Aug. 3, Coldwell Banker Burnett of Wayzata, which has the listing, lists the home’s price as $7.4 million.