Skip to comments.8,500 Sq Ft Home Faces Wrecking Ball to Build 9,095 Sq Ft Home;
Posted on 09/16/2013 4:19:58 AM PDT by Kaslin
When you have more money than you know what to do with, you tear down your 8,500 square foot home to build a slightly larger 9,095 square foot home.
The Star Tribune notes $10M house ready for wrecker.
Here is an image.
The house is damn ugly, at least in my opinion.
Citizens want to save the house. Why? And what site would be big enough to take it?
Saving the house is ridiculous, but so was building it in the first place, unless of course you have more money than you know what to do with.
"Teardown of All Teardowns"
Back in June, the above house was billed as "the teardown of all teardowns in the Twin Cities". It's not even close if this next wonder meets the fate I expect.
Also courtesy of the Star Tribune, meet the House that Jimmy Jam Built.
One of the most famous houses on Lake Minnetonka, a 22,000-square-foot mansion built by the record producer who made Janet Jackson famous, has fallen into foreclosure and the bank is looking for a buyer who will either spiff it up or tear it down.
The house features a master suite with its own wing of offices and a 12-car garage. Gee who wouldn't want that?
Incredible. But this is what happens when Fed policies benefit the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.
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I wonder why people with enough money to build giant houses like that cannot afford architects who can at least design attractive houses. Both of those megahouses in the pictures are incredibly ugly.
The house in the second picture looks like some type of 1950s Communist resort.
It does make you wonder about the gilded age we are in. Heh, now with Obamacare we’re in a gelded age, but I digress.
What I love about the people who build these monster houses, is that they usually boast how “green” it is, and aren’t they wonderful for using “environmentally conscious” products. The irony floats in the stratosphere over their heads.
Big houses always end up looking like dentist offices.
As for the house, it is reminiscent of some of the "streamline moderne" houses built in the 30s.
Taste is a personal thing, but apart from it's size, I don't have a problem with it. The one that is supposed to replace it is a horrendous, in my opinion, and it would be a shame to see it replace what is already there.
But this is what happens when Fed policies benefit the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.”
...WTF?! Insanity!! Jimmy Jam was a multi millionaire who went bankrupt because, like every other ghetto animal rapper, he had to have “posses”, 12 cars and “biotches”!
I’d buy it but who the heck would be willing to vacuum and dust for me?
I think the first one is quite beautiful. Of course I think those sprawling faux Victorian piles with the wraparound porches are an insult to the eye.
To each his own.
A 12 car garage isn’t nearly big enough!
The top one looks like mid-century modern. I was surprised at how late it was built. I was expecting it to be about 20 years older.
Sounds like what they are planning for the site might be an improvement.
It looks like a transit-oriented commercial building in Yonkers—with a public parking garage. Maybe they should just give some tax credits to a developer and run a rail spur to it. /sarc
House looks like something you’d see in an office park.
Most of them will BUILD whatever the CUSTOMER wants!
The house is the first image is slated to be torn down, and replaced with:
[...] a 9,095-square-foot stone and wood home that would be connected to a 2,086-square-foot guest/pool house by a breezeway with an outdoor dining area, fireplace and kitchen. At the lakes edge, there would be a 250-square-foot boat house, docks and a small beach.
The original house was built in 1970, for the head of the Dayton Hudson corporation. Dayton Hudson eventually divested itself of their department stores (they were acquired by Macy's), and became Target.
Well; iff'n it wuz in UTAH....
“These are folks who obviously aren’t paying their fair share in taxes.”
Yes, they only get their jobs and income due to white privilege. The govt. should seize their stuff and use it to fund more welfare?
Are you sure you’re on the right site?
That’s a good one!
Sorry,didn’t think the “sarcasm” tag was necessary.
“Both of those megahouses in the pictures are incredibly ugly.”
I disagree. The second house is typical American tasteless-fugly. But the first house is quite interesting. It’s built very closely to the American Streamline Moderne style that was popular in the late Twenties and Thirties. The Cleveland Greyhound station is in the same style. I wish the city would restore it, but it’s now in the ghetto. Then in the Fifties and Sixties, Americana abandoned modern design, and reverted to things like fake Colonial and false Tudor style homes, although the Ranch style hung on for a while. I like Art Deco, Art Modern and Mid-Century Modern as long as it’s well-designed and not kitch.
I’m glad somebody agrees with me!
I went to the link but I don't see the house that will replace the first one. Where did you find it?
Sorry, I didn’t read carefully, I assumed the 2nd picture in the article was to be the replacement, which it isn’t.
But it sounds like the replacement is to be a giant McMansion, which is a poor replacement for such a unique structure.
Ah, ok. I never know when I miss something....which is frequently!
Ah, ok. I never know when I miss something..... which is frequently! :)
You want to save the house, buy it then, otherwise STFU.
“Im glad somebody agrees with me!”
We’re a small minority. Just take a drive through any modern housing development. Boring. I love this home;
But ya gotta have the right lot!
Yeah, nosey neighbors could be a problem!
That sort of reminds me of a place I visited once for an estate auction. On the property was an old timber barn. The owner had built a glass house (walls and roof) INSIDE the barn, so you could sit there in comfort and look out and see the structure of the old barn around you. They must have used it for entertaining as there was a serious professional-grade kitchen on the ground floor.
Think of it as a Twin Cities “stimulus package” for the local wrecking crew and builders. THEY ARE CREATING JOBS, DAMN IT!... ;-)
Where was that house/barn? Michigan? My parents told me about a place that sounds exactly like your description.
Is that the lake out back seen through the front door on the second house? Really bad Feng Shui.
I teach architecture, and I really like the first house. I wish they could just add an addition, if they really need another 1000 square feet. There is an interesting play of shapes and space and texture.
The second house is very ugly, a mismash of styles trying to be ritzy. It fails.
But America’s need to constantly prove one’s worth by being more and more ostentatious is such a waste. What is important is who one is, compassionately, now how many things one has or how big one’s house is.
Our tendency to tear things down, especially after about 50 years, when they seem out of style, is regrettable. In Europe, they keep buildings for centuries. If we could keep some of those fifty-year old buildings, the history of our towns would be much richer.
Looks to me like they’re changing it from a google office building to a Morman temple.
You forgot the /s. You are going to confuse people.
I lived on Lake Minnetonka in the summer of 1978 and learned to windsurf. If this is what homes look like there now a lot has changed. I probably wouldn’t recognize Piper Road.
The house in the second picture looks like some type of 1950s Communist resort.
Oh, apologies back then, I did not catch your sense of humor yet.
Confused me, guess I needed more coffee.
I would tear it down too — the windows are too small and too few.
What were they thinking when they built it??? a home for vampires???
Rispin Manor is a home built back in the 20s in impeccable taste on an incredible site, yet it has similarly fallen into ruin.
The first photo shows a fairly clean, well-proportioned late example of modern architecture, I suspect from the seventies. Well-sited, interesting play of light and shadow, sits well on the site.
The second thing is incomprehensible. Somewhere between faux Egyptian and the local cineplex 12. Nothing redeeming about it, like an ill-advised shopping mall devoid of tenants.