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Location: Chanhassen, Minnesota
Designed by prolific modernist and one-time Eliel Saarinen apprentice Ralph Rapson, this 1959 International-style stunner is perhaps one of the best preserved works by the Minnesota-based architect. Swooped up by, as the listing agent puts it, "Ralph aficionados" for $415K in 2003, the single-story, 1,976-square-foot home has been meticulously restored in the last decade and is now returning to the market for $750K. Under the stewardship of its current owners, the residence essentially got new everything, including the roof, windows, landscaping, and terrazzo flooring.
The spruced-up two-bed two-bath dwelling highlights important elements of Rapson's original design, including a gallery/center court with skylights, pocket doors that let the spaces flow smoothly from one to another, and ample white brick walls. This home looks less dramatically "indoor/outdoor"-oriented as Rapson's Greenbelt House (a.k.a. Case Study House #4), which proposed a large, lush "greenbelt" courtyard as its centerpiece, but it still seems to have a courtyard of sorts with one hunky tree in in the middle. The house also offers great views out to the woodlands and a lovely backyard patio.