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

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Eleanor Jerusha Lawler Pillsbury
Address: 1400 Brackett's Point
Orono, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1918
Year razed: 2018
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Architect or source of design: Harrie T. Lindberg
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
First Owner: John S. Pillsbury

Orono Hennepin

Bracketts Point is named for George Brackett. He purchased the land in about 1880. On Bracketts point is one of the most if not the most expensive home in the State of Minnesota called Southways, which was built by John and Eleanor Pillsbury in 1918. It took several years to be built, first because it was large, but secondly it was being built during World War I which made progress on the estate slow.

Southways was completed in 1920. One of the unusual things about this particular estate is that it was built as a summer house.

Eleanor Pillsbury named the estate Southways because you had to go south a ways from the main road to get to the house. Harrie T. Lindeberg was the architect, and he was quite famous for designing and building country homes. Samuel Yellin created ornamental wrought iron elements for the exterior and interior of the home.

"A house can be elegant without being ostentatious," Eleanor, reportedly said of Southways, where she lived in until her death in 1991 at age 104.

Businessman Jim Jundt purchased Southways for $5 million in 1992, according to county records. Since 2008, he has listed it for $52 million, $24 million, and, as of March, $7.9 million. That latest price point reflected a subdivision of the 13-acre lot.

The Southways Estate has a number of exclusive gardens. One of the interesting issues between Eleanor the client and Harrie the architect was that Eleanor insisted on the living room being painted a tea green. The ironwork was completed by Yellin, who was a master blacksmith. The granddaughter who is still in the business came out from Boston and redid the iron doors in 1991 when the estate was being refurbished in a peacock motif. The home is 33,000 square feet and has 33 acres, 9 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms.

Crews demolished the home Aug. 28 2018 after a company named Brackett Point Property LLC closed on the property Monday morning, Aug. 27 2018.


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A Look Inside Southways
Legendary Homes of Lake Minnetonka by Bette Hammel and Karen Melvin
Minnesota's Own by Larry Millett
Grand Dames of Lake Minnetonka
Harrie T. Lindberg
Samuel Yellin
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