Cloquet's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home is off to Pennsylvania


If you want to see the R.W. Lindholm House, you'll have to go to Pennsylvania.

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, which is also known as Mäntylä (Finnish for "house among the pines"), is being moved across the country to "secure the long-term viability of the house," the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy says.

The owners of the 1952 Cloquet home – Julene and Peter McKinney – are the descendants of Ray and Emma Lindholm, who commissioned the home back, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

“The decision to relocate the house was a very difficult one for us. The house has been in our family for over 60 years and our son, David, grew up there. The three of us believe this solution is best for the long-term survival of the house,” Peter McKinney said in a statement to the Duluth News Tribune.

They had been trying to sell the house for a number of years, but weren't successful. And because of a potential new retail development in the area, they decided to donate the home to Usonian Preservation Inc., a nonprofit that's associated with Polymath Park in Acme, Pennsylvania, the conservancy says.

The house was deconstructed this spring and moved to the park – the complete reconstruction is planned for spring 2017.

The reassembled house will be showcased through Polymath Park's overnight stays, educational programs and tours, the conservancy notes. The park is also home to other Wright-designed homes.

The Lindholm House was one about a dozen Wright-designed buildings in Minnesota, according to Frank Lloyd Wright Sites.

The house may have left Cloquet, but there's still another Wright-designed building in the northern Minnesota city. It's the Lindholm Service Station off Highway 33 in downtown Cloquet – it's the only gas station ever designed by Wright, the Duluth News Tribune says.

Read more about the gas station in this story by the Atlantic.

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