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Southways, 1400 Brackett's Point, Orono, Minnesota (Razed)

John S. and Eleanor Pillsbury commissioned New York architect Harrie T. Lindeberg to design a summer home for them on Brackett’s Point on Lake Minnetonka in 1916. Samuel Yellin created ornamental wrought iron elements for the exterior and interior of the home. The house was completed in May 1919. The home was 32,000 square feet and had 9 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms and was on 33 acres. Eleanor Pillsbury named the estate Southways because you had to go “south a ways from the main road to get to the house. " Eleanor lived in Southways until her death in 1991 at age 104. Businessman Jim Jundt purchased Southways for $5 million in 1992. He and his wife renovated the house, adding new kitchens, bathrooms and a spa. In 2008, the house was listed for sale. The house was for sale for a decade, but did not sell until purchased in 2018 by Brian Benson, a real estate investor. Crews demolished the home August 28, 2018 one day after Benson's company, Brackett Point Property LLC closed on the property on Aug. 27, 2018.

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