Historic Pillsbury century-old house is demolished

<pre><pre>Historic Pillsbury century-old house is demolished

The majestic Pillsbury mansion that the flour mills built on the shores of Minnesota's Minnetoka Lake last week turned to dust.

Despite an attempt to save him in 11 hours, the property of Southways, once announced as the most expensive house in Minnesota, was razed on August 28.

The palatial, historic property built in 1919 as the summer home of the Pillsbury family, of the fame of flour and biscuit dough, had spent a decade in the market before the city of Orono issued a demolition permit last month. current owner of the property, Jim Jundt.

Jundt and his wife, who have owned the property since 1992, had until the beginning of February next year to tear down the mansion, but opted to do so last week.

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From flour to dust: the Pillsbury mansion, built in 1919 for the family of flour mill magnates, is in ruins after being demolished on August 28 at Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota.

The local town hall in August issued a demolition permit to the current owner of the mansion, who did not waste time using it

The local town hall in August issued a demolition permit to the current owner of the mansion, who did not waste time using it

The local town hall in August issued a demolition permit to the current owner of the mansion, who did not waste time using it

The Southways property was once advertised as the most expensive property in the state of Minnesota.

The Southways property was once advertised as the most expensive property in the state of Minnesota.

The Southways property was once advertised as the most expensive property in the state of Minnesota.

The historic palatial property built in 1919 as the summer home of the Pillsbury family, of the fame of flour dough and biscuits

The historic palatial property built in 1919 as the summer home of the Pillsbury family, of the fame of flour dough and biscuits

The historic palatial property built in 1919 as the summer home of the Pillsbury family, of the fame of flour dough and biscuits

Leona Akins McGlone, a member of the Facebook group Lake Minnetonka Fan Club, said she was at the lake on the day of the demolition and witnessed the destruction of the landmark, as Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported for the first time.

"What a sad day," he wrote. & # 39; Two huge cranes working on both sides of the house. In a matter of seconds, only the chimney was standing.

A photo shared by Akins McGlone showed piles of rubble and a column of dust swirling around heavy machinery destroying the brick and stone house.

Local event planner Tim George, who has saved three other properties that face ruin by turning them into wedding venues, had approached the Orono City Council with a similar offer, but the deal failed.

WCCO reported that Jundt and his wife were "sensitive" to the historical value of the property and rescued pieces of the mansion that had an architectural significance.

The 32,000-square-foot Lake Minnetonka mansion was built as the summer home of the Pillsbury family, who made their fortune by operating profitable flour mills in Minneapolis.

It has been in the market for more than a decade without interested buyers after having been put up for sale for $ 54 million in 2007.

The house had been in the market for 11 years after being listed for sale for $ 54 million in 2007

The house had been in the market for 11 years after being listed for sale for $ 54 million in 2007

The house had been in the market for 11 years after being listed for sale for $ 54 million in 2007

The price of the jacobeo manor house, which occupied 13 acres, was reduced to $ 24 million, but it could not be sold yet.

The extensive property was subsequently subdivided into five separate plots.

The original mansion and 3.3 acres of land were put on sale this year for $ 7.9 million. The listing of seven bedrooms and 13 bathrooms still included a caretaker's cabin, the pool, the tennis complex, the tea house and the large lake.

Orono Mayor Denny Walsh told the Star Tribune that they had consulted with lawyers and a historic preservation committee, but found no reason to refuse permission.

"It's unfortunate, there's no question about that," Walsh said, adding that the demolition could happen at any time.

The house was originally built almost 100 years ago for John S. Pillsbury (left) and his wife Eleanor. It was sold to the current owners, James (right) and Joann Jundt, when Eleanor died in 1992 for $ 5 million.

The historic mansion was initially put up for sale for a record $ 54 million

The historic mansion was initially put up for sale for a record $ 54 million

The historic mansion was initially put up for sale for a record $ 54 million

The property is now ready to be demolished after more than a decade in the market

The property is now ready to be demolished after more than a decade in the market

The property is now ready to be demolished after more than a decade in the market

The price of the Jacobean-style manor house, which was on 13 acres, was reduced to $ 24 million, but it was not yet possible to sell

The price of the Jacobean-style manor house, which was on 13 acres, was reduced to $ 24 million, but it was not yet possible to sell

The price of the Jacobean-style manor house, which was on 13 acres, was reduced to $ 24 million, but it was not yet possible to sell

The house was designed by the architect Harrie T. Lindeberg and was officially completed in 1919

The house was designed by the architect Harrie T. Lindeberg and was officially completed in 1919

The house was designed by the architect Harrie T. Lindeberg and was officially completed in 1919

The house was originally built 100 years ago for John S. Pillsbury and his wife Eleanor as their summer residence. John was the son of the co-founder of Pillsbury Company, Charles Alfred Pillsbury.

It was designed by architect Harrie T. Lindeberg and was officially completed in 1919.

It was sold to current owners, the former hedgefund manager James and Joann Jundt, when Eleanor died in 1992 for $ 5 million.

The Jundts extensively renovated the seven-bedroom, 13-bathroom manor and conditioned it for the winter before deciding to downsize and move to Arizona.

It is not clear what they plan to do with the land now that the house has been torn down.

The Jundts extensively renovated the seven-bedroom, 13-bathroom manor before deciding to downsize and move to Arizona

The Jundts extensively renovated the seven-bedroom, 13-bathroom manor before deciding to downsize and move to Arizona

The Jundts extensively renovated the seven-bedroom, 13-bathroom manor before deciding to downsize and move to Arizona

The property, which retains some of its historical charm, was sold to the current owners, James and Joann Jundt, when Eleanor died in 1992 for $ 5 million.

The property, which retains some of its historical charm, was sold to the current owners, James and Joann Jundt, when Eleanor died in 1992 for $ 5 million.

The property, which retains some of its historical charm, was sold to the current owners, James and Joann Jundt, when Eleanor died in 1992 for $ 5 million.

The original 32,000-square-foot, 3.3-acre parcel of land was put on sale this year for $ 7.9 million

The original 32,000-square-foot, 3.3-acre parcel of land was put on sale this year for $ 7.9 million

The original 32,000-square-foot, 3.3-acre parcel of land was put on sale this year for $ 7.9 million

A demolition permit had been requested by the current owners and issued by the city of Orono for historical ownership

A demolition permit had been requested by the current owners and issued by the city of Orono for historical ownership

A demolition permit had been requested by the current owners and issued by the city of Orono for historical ownership

The original 32,000-square-foot, 3.3-acre parcel of land was put on sale this year for $ 7.9 million

The original 32,000-square-foot, 3.3-acre parcel of land was put on sale this year for $ 7.9 million

The original 32,000-square-foot, 3.3-acre parcel of land was put on sale this year for $ 7.9 million

The original list was subdivided and the main property was reduced from 13 acres to 3.4 acres several years ago, but no buyers were found yet. He sat at one point and had a wide lake front

The original list was subdivided and the main property was reduced from 13 acres to 3.4 acres several years ago, but no buyers were found yet. He sat at one point and had a wide lake front

The original list was subdivided and the main property was reduced from 13 acres to 3.4 acres several years ago, but no buyers were found yet. He sat at one point and had a wide lake front

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