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Frank Lloyd Wright Overnight Rental - the Elam House

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Completed for S.P. Elam in 1951, the Plunketts have lived there since 1959

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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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Ever wonder what it would be like to stay overnight and tour one of the largest Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian Homes? Beginning May 7, 2013, you can find out! Experience the wonder and fascination of Frank Lloyd Wright in this beautiful home which features 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 3 floor to ceiling fireplaces, two living rooms with soaring ceilings, cantilevered balcony, terrazzo and slate flooring, slate patio outside the guest entrance, over 100 windows, over 100 light fixtures all set in the ceiling, rare white cypress wood, massive limestone piers and stonework comparable to that of Taliesin East, the home of Frank Lloyd Wright.

The 820 square foot Guest House suite has one bedroom and sleeps two comfortably. The guest bedroom has a queen sized bed, in-suite bath room including separate shower and bath tub and walk-in closet. The guest quarters also include a living room and kitchen. The living room has a private entrance, dining area and Satellite TV. Free Wi-Fi access is available. The kitchen includes microwave, toaster, dishwasher, refrigerator, coffee maker, pots, pans, china and flatware. There is also a futon available which can be set up in either the guest bedroom or the living room for a third guest. Enjoy relaxing in the privacy and quiet of the Elam House guest quarters.

Videos and magazines on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright and his designs will be available for our guest perusal. Surf the Internet while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee near the fireplace. Play a board game or watch a movie on Direct TV or from our collection of classic movies. Some of the original plans for the Elam House are on display in the gallery for our guest's viewing pleasure. A pocket door in the middle of the 60 foot long gallery/hallway separates the guest rental area from the residence and will be closed and locked before and after the tour of the entire house to ensure the privacy of our guests.

Tours of the entire house are available only to our rental guests between the hours of 7 - 8 pm. There may be some variability on weekends, so please confirm with Peter Plunkett when your tour will take place. Guests are free to walk around the grounds of the entire lot and through the entire guest area at any time during their stay.

You might enjoy examining the Webster Electric 'Teletalk' intercom system that is hardwired throughout the entire house. There are 3 base stations, one at the head of the stairs, one in the master bedroom and one in the guest living room. All of the bedrooms and the garage have an intercom as well. Although not operational at this time, we plan to renovate the system in the future.

The house was designed only for floor heat, however, that was not acceptable to Mr. Elam who demanded that a forced air heating system be added as well. The large 'Kewanee' boilers (there are two of them) and the huge air circulation system are really something to see. The original Hammond organ installed by Elam still remains in the main living room and will be restored as well. Of course, we are sure you will be 'Wowed' by the three floor to ceiling fireplaces that are in the house. Frank Lloyd Wright always liked a good fireplace that the family could relax and unwind by. As much as possible, we are striving to restore our beautiful home to its original splendor. We hope you enjoy staying in it as much as we enjoy living in it!

Property Type

  • House
  • 820 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Must be at least 18...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            No smoking on the entire premises...moreless

          • Not Suitable For Children:

            Children under 12 not allowed...moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

            ...moreless

          • The guest bedroom has a queen size bed, in-suite bath, shower, toilet and two sinks. There is also a walk-in closet. With 7 swing out windows, Frank Lloyd Wright brings the outdoors inside very nicely in this room. ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

            2 sinks...moreless

          • Private in-suite bathroom including shower, bathtub, 2 sinks and toilet....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • If you are an amateur radio operator, you might be interested in knowing that the owner has a radio station in the home which includes a Kenwood TS 940-S AT and Kenwood TL-922A amplifier. The owner is in the process of erecting a 70 foot tower which will support several HF and VHF antennas. At this point, the only antennas available are an 80 meter dipole and a 5 element 10 meter beam mounted at approximately 20 feet. The owner is a contester; call sign KF0GV (Extra Class). When the station is fully operational, we will welcome guest operators. We also have some good duck and pheasant hunting nearby. The owner is an avid hunter and could direct you to one of the hunting lakes, sloughs or hunting areas nearby. Make sure you discuss this with Pete Plunkett well in advance of your stay. We also have a 30' X 60' Ice Rink in Winter. The owner is a former Austin High Varsity Hockey player and is one of the coaches for Daran Plunkett's mite hockey team....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books:

                'The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion' by William Allin Storer; 'Frank Lloyd Wright Inside and Out' by Diane Maddex; 'Wright Panorama' by Eric Lloyd Wright and Thomas R. Schiff; Magazines on FLW....moreless

              • DVD Player:

                Standard Samsung DVD/VCR. Not Blu- ray...moreless

              • Stereo:

                With CD player...moreless

              • Television:

                26 inch Sanyo...moreless

              • Video Library:

                Videos on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright and other popular videos available....moreless

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sledding
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

                  • Village:

                    The Elam House is located on the Southwest side of Austin, in a quiet residential Neighborhood just off Interstate 90...moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Roller Blading
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Water Tubing

                  Dining

                  • Dining:

                    Dining area in the living room, seats up to six people....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 6 people

                  General

                  • Air Conditioning:

                    Central Air - entire house...moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    None in guest quarters but available on request for guests staying more than 3 days....moreless

                  • Fireplace:

                    Magnificent floor to ceiling Fireplace in our guest living room. Firewood provided....moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Forced air - entire house...moreless

                  • Internet:

                    Complementary Wi-Fi...moreless

                  • Linens Provided:

                    Bed sheets, pillows, and pillow cases...moreless

                  • Living Room:

                    Equipped with 26' Sanyo TV with Satellite TV; Stereo with CD player; Wi-Fi; phone (local calls)...moreless

                  • Parking:

                    Parking in large driveway. Limit 2 guest vehicles in driveway - on street parking prohibited....moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    In guest living room; Local calls only...moreless

                  • Towels Provided:

                    Bath towels and kitchen towels provided...moreless

                  • Washing Machine:

                    None in guest quarters but available on request for guests staying more than 3 days....moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Sugar and cream provided...moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    Several sets of silverware, plates, glasses, cups, coffee cups, wine and Champagne glasses, large and small carving knifes, can openers, basically a full kitchen....moreless

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Kitchen:

                    The kitchen cabinets and counter tops are original. Kitchen is private and has stove, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and sink....moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items:

                    Salt and pepper shakers, coffee and tea packets...moreless

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove:

                    Modern Electric Stove and Oven...moreless

                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Balcony:

                    It's in the residence area, but you'll be able to see this during the tour of the entire house....moreless

                  • Bicycles:

                    Bike on the Shooting Star Trail and other paved trails in the area. You will need to bring your own bikes....moreless

                  • Boat:

                    Guests may bring their own boat and park it in the driveway. Beaver Lake is a nice recreational and fishing lake only 30 miles away. You can launch your boat there....moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Patio at the Guest entrance. Patio table with four chairs, umbrella and chaise lounge. ...moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Water Sports Gear:

                    Guests may bring their own water ski gear and boat and ski at Beaver Lake. The owner has a slalom course there and is willing to take guests skiing behind his '95 MC ProStar 190 time permitting....moreless

                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Fall/Winter
                  Nov 1 - Mar 2, 2015
                  1 night min stay
                  $225 $250
                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                  $1,500 $4,500
                  My Standard Rate
                  1 night min stay
                  $250 $275
                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                  $1,500 $4,500
                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates

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                  • Taxes Included

                  Notes:

                  Rates are subject to change until confirmed. Our weekend rate of $275 per night applies to the day before, day of and after holidays. To make a reservation, please visit our website at www.theelamhouse.com. To purchase a GIFT CERTIFICATE, send Peter an email at peter.plunkett@theelamhouse.com. If you have any questions, please call Peter at 507-438-9503. Thank you!


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                  Last updated: 10/20/2014
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                  Location

                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Austin Municipal Airport (AUM)
                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Applebees
                  7 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Ramsey Golf Course
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  I-90
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Tolly's Time Out
                  70 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Welch Village - Red Wing, MN
                  30 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Beaver Lake

                  Car: Necessary

                  The Elam House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is located in Austin, Minnesota, Home of the world famous Hormel Foods Corporation.

                  SPAM Museum - Guests are encouraged to Tour the world famous SPAM Museum. The SPAM Museum features audios, videos and displays depicting the rich 121 year history of the Hormel Foods Corporation. The self-guided museum tour is free, interactive, educational and fun for all ages.

                  Hormel Historic Home - In addition to the SPAM Museum, tour the Hormel Historic Home which will open a window into the life of the George A. Hormel family. The 1871 home is where Hormel lived with his wife and son when he founded Hormel Foods, Inc. Now restored to early 1900s decor, the 14-room home is open for self-guided tours.

                  J.C. Hormel Nature Center - Cross Country Ski or enjoy the wildlife at the J. C. Hormel Nature Center. This is a 507 acre center which features hardwoods, restored prairie, ponds, pine forests and Dobbins Creek. Ten miles of hiking and cross country ski trials, as well as a one-third mile paved trail. There is also a three story observation tower, canoe rentals and cross country ski rentals available for use on site.

                  Shooting Star Bike Trail - Go for a bike ride on the Shooting Star Bike Trail.

                  Belle Paddle Boat - Go for a boat ride on East Side Lake on the 'Belle' paddle boat.

                  Paramount Theatre - Take in a movie or a play at the Historic Paramount Theatre. The Paramount Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, originally opened September 14, 1929 and was designed for stage theatre and first run movies. It is just one of a few Atmospheric Theatres remaining in Minnesota. The Theatre was designed to represent being in the courtyard of a quaint Spanish village with twinkling stars and rolling clouds overhead.

                  Sola Fide Observatory - Enjoy star gazing at the Sola Fide Observatory. This observatory is located on three acres of land, donated to Austin by a local doctor in 1991. Inside the 12 foot ash dome is a 10-inch refractor telescope with a five-inch refractor mounted on the top. The facility is open to the public when volunteers are available to show visitors constellations and other celestial bodies.

                  Ice Skating - Go ice skating on our backyard rink or at Riverside or Packer arena.

                  Feel free to take a walk, bike or roller blade in our quiet residential neighborhood. If you bring a canoe, you could launch it nearby (about a block away) and paddle down turtle creek.

                  These are just a few of the attractions/activities that Austin has to offer. However, the main attraction for our guests, of course, is staying at the Elam Guest House! Lounge in the guest living room and take in a video on Frank Lloyd Wright. Or just read a book or a magazine while having a cup of tea or coffee by the fireplace. Cook your own meal in our fully equipped kitchen or dine out at one of Austin's fine restaurants. Don't forget that we provide a tour of the entire house in addition to the guest area as part of your stay. We hope you will enjoy looking at every nook and cranny of our beautiful home.

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1959

                  About the owner: Welcome guests. I am Pete Plunkett, the Innkeeper for the Elam House. I live in the Elam House with my son, Daran. I was born 5 months after my father Warren Plunkett, purchased the home in March, 1959 from S.P. 'Pearl' Elam. I grew up in the Elam House, went to school and graduated from Austin High School, obtained a BA degree in Business Management from St. Thomas College and a JD degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1985. I have worked for our family businesses in Austin, Minnesota since 1985. In 1987, I purchased a home across the street from the Elam House and lived there until 2006 when I moved back into the Elam House. I am also a slalom water skier competing in local, regional and national tournaments; a competition control-line model airplane pilot; an instrument rated private pilot; an Amateur Extra Class radio operator; an ice hockey player and coach; and an avid duck and pheasant hunter. I have lived in the Twin Cities, and Oklahoma City, but have spent the majority of my life in Austin. I know the Elam House very well and look forward to telling you about it and introducing you to Austin, Minnesota if you have never visited here before.

                  Why the Owner Chose Austin:
                  This is our family home. We enjoy the home very much and since it is the second largest Usonian home by Frank Lloyd Wright, we wanted to allow other people interested in Wright designs to stay overnight and experience the home in a more intimate manner. Wright drew plans for over 1000 homes. 532 of these designs were built and approximately 400 remain. 13 of these homes are in Minnesota and 4 are in Southern Minnesota. The Elam House is a rare treasure indeed!

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  Enjoy the fantastic views from either living room. Both living rooms have large windows that create one full wall of glass. Some of the windows in the main living room are Nine feet tall and three and a half feet wide. The three floor to ceiling fireplaces are a hallmark of Frank Lloyd Wright. The soaring ceilings in the living rooms are outstanding and give the effect of the room exploding upwards upon entrance. The rare cypress wood lining the ceilings and walls and the meticulous limestone work are wonderful to view and examine. Of course, there is nothing better than relaxing in the house during a thunderstorm. The rain hitting the stone coated steel roof and watching the storm roll by through the windows, it's almost as if you are out in the storm. Wright had the special gift of being able to bring the outdoors inside his homes and the Elam house is no exception.


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                  Photos

                  • Completed for S.P. Elam in 1951, the Plunketts have lived there since 1959

                    Completed for S.P. Elam in 1951, the Plunketts have lived there since 1959

                  • Limestone trucked in from a quary near Spring Green, WI., near Taliesin

                    Limestone trucked in from a quary near Spring Green, WI., near Taliesin

                  • Our guest patio and garden view

                    Our guest patio and garden view

                  • Our guest living room - free Wi-Fi; Direct TV; Movies on Frank Lloyd Wright

                    Our guest living room - free Wi-Fi; Direct TV; Movies on Frank Lloyd Wright

                  • Our guest living room - couch and coffe table original Elam furniture

                    Our guest living room - couch and coffe table original Elam furniture

                  • Guest dining area

                    Guest dining area

                  • Our guest kitchen - microwave, toaster, coffee maker, stove and dishwasher.

                    Our guest kitchen - microwave, toaster, coffee maker, stove and dishwasher.

                  • Bedroom includes Queen Sized Bed, large walk in closet, and Wi-Fi access.

                    Bedroom includes Queen Sized Bed, large walk in closet, and Wi-Fi access.

                  • Bedroom Has Walk-in Closet & Private Entrance

                    Bedroom Has Walk-in Closet & Private Entrance

                  • In Suite Shower and bathroom

                    In Suite Shower and bathroom

                  • The hallway in the guest room area

                    The hallway in the guest room area

                  • Main Living Room Fireplace

                    Main Living Room Fireplace

                  • The Elam House is a very unique 'Usonian' with over 100 windows

                    The Elam House is a very unique 'Usonian' with over 100 windows

                  • Our guest entry and patio area

                    Our guest entry and patio area

                  • Side view of the guest living room and patio area.  Lots of windows!

                    Side view of the guest living room and patio area. Lots of windows!

                  • Guest living room where Frank Lloyd Wright brings the outdoors inside

                    Guest living room where Frank Lloyd Wright brings the outdoors inside

                  • Our guest living room with view towards the massive fireplace

                    Our guest living room with view towards the massive fireplace

                  • Our guest living room fireplace.   Frank Lloyd Wright always loved a nice fire!

                    Our guest living room fireplace. Frank Lloyd Wright always loved a nice fire!

                  • Guest Kitchen With Refrigerator, China & Flatware

                    Guest Kitchen With Refrigerator, China & Flatware

                  • Guest Bedroom - lots of windows let the outside in

                    Guest Bedroom - lots of windows let the outside in

                  • In suite bathroom - 2 sinks, bathtub, shower and toilet.   Complementary water.

                    In suite bathroom - 2 sinks, bathtub, shower and toilet. Complementary water.

                  • In Suite Bath

                    In Suite Bath

                  • Pocket Door in Gallery Separating Guest Quarters from Main Home

                    Pocket Door in Gallery Separating Guest Quarters from Main Home

                  • Back Yard Skating Rink for Winter Guests

                    Back Yard Skating Rink for Winter Guests

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                  Sleeps 3

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