Open House: Frank Lloyd Wright's Willey House in Minneapolis. Sunday October 22, 2023; 11am-4pm
Willey House street view, Minnesota Modern Registry
Willey House, Photo Courtesy Matt Schmitt
Docomomo US/MN is excited to announce an Open House at the Nancy and Malcolm Willey House in Minneapolis.
255 Bedford St SE, Minneapolis
Sunday, October 22, 11AM – 4PM
$10 per person, cash only.
Completed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1934, the Willey House is widely considered to be the prototype for dozens of high-style, low cost Usonian homes that would be designed at Taliesin throughout the 1940s and 1950s.
The house has been completely restored by its current owners, and is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2012 Wright Spirit Award from The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.
– Self-guided, 15 minute walk-through.
– Museum etiquette applies (No touch visit).
– Tickets on site. $10 per person. Cash only.
– Children 13 and older welcome.
– Large handbags, backpacks, pets, food and beverages not allowed.
– Restroom unavailable, plan ahead.
In a 1932 letter to Frank Lloyd Wright, Nancy Willey wrote, "I want to build a house in Minneapolis for about $8,000... What do you think are the chances of my being able to have a 'creation of art?'" Wright replied, "Nothing is trivial because it is not big. And if I can be of service to you neither the distance nor the 'smallness' of the proposal would prevent me from giving you what help and architect could give you."†
Read More about the Willey House on the Minnesota Modern Registry
Visit www.thewilleyhouse.com for more photos, restoration history and complete timeline.
Banner Image: Steve Sikora
† Letter quotations from AIA Guide to the Twin Cities, 2007 by Larry Millett