Architect Frank Gehry
Space the single-story structure is comprised of two bedrooms with full bathrooms, a central living room, fireplace alcove, loft, kitchenette and garage
Square footage 2,300
Material and Form the sculptural building is composed of six geometric-forms clad in a variety of finishes and building materials to differentiate and divide the space: a thirty-five foot tall pyramid-shaped living room finished in black painted metal; a curved bedroom covered in dolomite limestone from southern Minnesota, a cube-shaped fireplace alcove faced in brick; a large rectangular garage and kitchenette covered in Finnish plywood and aluminum strips; a smaller rectangular loft in galvanized steel is supported by column clad in the same material; and a rectangular second bedroom with a slanted roof also finished in black painted metal
Commissioned by Mike and Penny Winton, 1984
Kirt Woodhouse, 2002
Donated to the University of St. Thomas, 2007
Location and Transportation
Initially situated on the Winton’s 12-acre Lake Minnetonka property the guest house was moved in 2008 to Owatonna where it still stands. Upon purchasing this work, the structure will again need to be relocated.
House & Garden Design Award for Architecture, 1987
Award of Honor from the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 1987
Time ‘Best of ‘87‘ for Design, 1987
Award of Honor from the National Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 1988
“What is architecture? It’s a three dimensional object, right? So why can’t it be anything?”
“What slowly evolved is a very sculptural solution that may be construed as a large outdoor sculpture. When it’s seen from the Philip Johnson house it won’t look as much like a building as like a large sculpture. The parts of the house are very simple forms.”
I am in the middle of your wonderful book. Your comments are the best writing! But all the rest is marvelously done.
You must have worked hard and it makes me very proud that I could be of a little help back in the 70’s.
You are becoming the great architect I knew you would be. The Winton house is for many reasons my favorite of your work. I hope you like it. I hope it gets built like that.
How is Cleveland? When do we see you and Berta. I miss coming to LA. I miss my contact with your brain and ego.
Much love to you both.
Dear Peggy and Mike,
I can’t get the guest house out of my mind. An architectural masterpiece. The house of the 80’s.
But impossible without your creative collaboration. Thank you for your artistic mastery.
Frank has never understood function or structure as well as this. He has never designed a slyer, more sophisticated gem. It’s his corpo lavoro.
And your maintenance of Dicky’s house. Spotless. Plus the art. Minneapolis is really blessed.
Thank you for letting me come at dawn to disturb you. When are you coming here?
“Franks’ use of spontaneity, improvisation and intuition is as good as any artist that I know of. Those are the three most important tools in any artist’s studio. It is my opinion he is a fantastic artist.”
Larry Bell, artist
“Frank Gehry is an artist and architect. He has always surrounded himself with artists—Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and LA artists such as Ken Price or Ed Ruscha. As a result one might say his work, particularly the Winton Guest House, has a remarkable sculptural quality unique to the profession.”
Christy MacLear, Executive Director, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
“You get a sense of a man’s daring and creativity, and we were really excited by him.”
For more information about the property, to schedule a viewing or to arrange bidding, please contact:
Richard Wright | 312 521 7150
Brent Lewis | 212 585 0020
Emilie Sims | 312 235 4181
Auction 19 May 2015
New York Exhibition