Jacob Harder House – Unique Minnesota home designed by Bruce Goff

Minnesota is home to some very unique pieces of architecture that truly capture the imagination and hold some real history in the world of building design.

From a Flintstones-style domed house in Duluth to a “houseboat,” and even a gas station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, there are plenty of unique structural gems scattered across the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

While the photo above doesn’t do it much justice, this house in southwestern Minnesota is one of those architectural wonders that both bucks the design norm and has a fascinating story at the same time.

Referred to as the Jacob Harder House, this roundhouse is one of only two houses designed by architect Bruce Goff to be built in Minnesota. Goff, who was from Kansas, saw most of his designs built in Oklahoma, with others in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.

Another Goff design was the Glen Harder House, also built in Mountain Lake, but destroyed by fire in the 1990s. The Glen Harder house drew design influences from Asian architecture, using many angles and straighter lines than the curved Jacob Harder house. You can see pictures of him here.

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Bruce Goff had a design portfolio of about 500 projects, of which only a quarter were actually built. Goff was one of the few American architects considered innovative by Frank Lloyd Wright, according to an article in life From 1951. In the article, they explained that Goff liked to use circles in his designs, saying that circles were “informal” and “friendly.”

The Jacob Harder House was built in the 1970s and designed for Glenn Harder’s parents. Using a largely circular design, it plays into Jove’s love of circles. which he described A Guide to Architecture in Minnesota It also looks “a bit like a pregnant spaceship, covered in panels of fish scales that actually look more like chicken feathers.”

This house still stands in the southwestern portion of Mountain Lake, attracting the attention of locals and visitors as it passes by.

Scroll through the photos in the Instagram post below, and you’ll see what she means.

You can get another perspective on the green, scaly-looking house by scrolling through the Instagram post below.

If you want to take a peek at this house, it’s not easy because it’s a private residence and there’s only one photo I can find online. The second picture in this A tweet from the modern Midwest It offers a glimpse inside from under the main dome of the house.

Beyond that, you can draw some conclusions from some of the interiors of some of Jove’s other designs, as shown below:

Now, for another unique Minnesota architectural design – known as the “Hobbit House,” check out this underground house in Hastings, Minnesota:

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