On the Market: Ralph Rapson Designed “Meech Residence”

by Alex Stenback on April 11, 2007


Architectural history nerds may be able to identify the property pictured above as the Ralph Rapson designed Meech Residence, which was a 1959 AIA (American Institute of Architects) Honor Award Winner.  The Meech residence, located just west of Gleason Lake off of HWY 101, is on the market for the first time in 30 years. *Update: List Price is $715,000.00

If you are even more nerdy (or can type "Ralph Rapson" into google) you will also know that Mr. Rapson is a notable area architect; Minnesota’s most important 20th century architect, in fact, who was also dean of the U of M school of architecture, and designed the now demolished Guthrie Theater.  Other notable works include the Cedar Square West (Riverside Plaza), and US Embassies in Stockholm and Copenhagen. A little more on Mr. Rapson from the property listing:

In the mid 1950s Rapson designed a number of small, affordable homes
for university professors in St. Paul, in addition to a notable
residence for Philip and Eleanor Pillsbury in Wayzata.  In 1959, the
Meech Residence was recognized by AIA Minnesota, a Society of the
American Institute of Architects, as one of only three residences given
the honor award that year.

So, very cool, notable, and architecturally significant property on the market.  Just thought we’d share.
[thanks to listing agent, and friend of Behind the Mortgage, Linda Heubach, for sharing.]
· View the Online Listing [630holly.com]
· Architect Ralph Rapson at 91 [mpr.org]

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Jason April 11, 2007 at 7:45 pm

So how much for it?

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