Going, Going, Gone attracts concerned architecture enthusiasts


Camille LeFevre


Docomomo US/MN


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More than 80 modern architecture enthusiasts attended Docomomo US/MN’s Going, Going, Gone tour at 5800 Arbour Avenue, in Edina, MN, on Tuesday, June 26. The beautiful, redwood-clad home was designed by Bruce Abrahamson (one of the founders of Hammel, Green & Abrahamson, or HGA, a national multidisciplinary design firm headquartered in Minneapolis). Docomomo US/MN created and staffed the event to bring attention to the 1963 home, which sits on a 0.32-acre lot in a neighborhood prone to teardowns.


Members of Docomomo US/MN and Twin Cities Mid-Century Modern (TC MCM), as well as neighbors and other architecture devotees concerned about the house’s fate, gathered to tour and discuss the home’s outstanding features. In addition to the home’s distinctive exterior finned architecture and detailing, the interior is full of custom-designed African Anagre wood millwork, including stair railings and the master bedroom’s built-in headboard and cabinetry with concealed drawers and shelves. Two upstairs bathrooms showcase original tile and décor in excellent condition. The house includes original H of Norway windows.


The 2741-square-foot with two-car garage is scheduled to hit the market in upcoming weeks. The home’s listing agent also attended the event, and was pleased at the turnout and the interest expressed.