The Grabow House

The Grabow House

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Grabow House by John Howe

1805 Westwood Court SW, Rochester MN


This beautiful home, known as “The Grabow House", was designed by John Howe who was Frank Lloyd Wright’s chief draftsman for 25 years. The site is perfect for Howe’s talent of bringing the outdoors indoors through uninterrupted flow of materials, combining the spaces to expand the living environment while protecting privacy. The main open floor plan, with a continuous vaulted ceiling and walls of south facing glass + screened porch, provides a spacious setting for daily living as well as social gatherings, complete with a tuck away wet bar cabinet. The home features a prominent living room with an extensive hearth, a vaulted ceiling with a massive wall of windows perfect for gazing at the wildlife, and an oversized built-in sofa to accommodate entertaining. The living room opens up with sliding doors leading out to a patio and screened porch surrounded by brick planters that blend the outdoor space with the interior brickwork of the fireplace. The house exudes warmth from the cedar and oak wood tones and the abundance of natural light from the volume of clerestory windows that envelope the home. Every space is maximized by the built-in storage and shelving throughout. Enjoy single level living at its finest in this modern house built ahead of its time!