Going, going, gone! The Grabow House by John Howe

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Going, Going, Gone! The Grabow House by John Howe

The Going, Going, Gone! series of tours continues, via streaming virtual tour, presented by socially distanced Docomomo US/MN Board Members. No shoe covers required!

Join Docomomo US/MN on Sunday, August 2 at 1:30 pm CDT via Facebook Live for a peek at this 1970 John Howe masterpiece.

For sale for the first time in 50 years, this one-of-a-kind architectural gem was exceptionally maintained by the original owners. This beautiful home, known as "The Grabow House", was designed by John Howe who was Frank Lloyd Wright's chief draftsman for 25 years. The home features a prominent living room with an extensive hearth, a vaulted ceiling with a massive wall of windows perfect for gazing at the wildlife, and an oversized built-in sofa to accommodate entertaining. The living room opens up with sliding doors leading out to a patio and screened porch surrounded by brick planters that blend the outdoor space with the interior brickwork of the fireplace. The house exudes warmth from the cedar and oak wood tones and the abundance of natural light from the volume of clerestory windows that envelope the home. Every space is maximized by the built-in storage and shelving throughout. Enjoy single level living at its finest in this modern house built ahead of its time!

This original family home, known as “The Grabow house” is said to be a favorite by acclaimed architect John Howe, chief draftsman to Frank Lloyd Wright for 25 years (featured in "John H. Howe, Architect" by Jane King Hession & Tim Quigley published by the University of Minnesota Press). The site is perfect for Howe’s talent of bringing the outdoors indoors through uninterrupted flow of materials, combining the spaces to expand the living environment while protecting privacy! The main open floor plan, with a continuous vaulted ceiling and walls of south facing glass + screened porch, provides a spacious setting for daily living as well as social gatherings, complete with a tuck away wet bar cabinet. This is the epitome of “less is more” conceptualized well before its time. The sensible, organic architecture and natural materials are timeless and not repeatable!

This event is free and open to all. Facebook account is not required to watch the livestream. Click on the button below to watch the tour and participate in the discussion. See you on Sunday, August 2!​