This blog is about finding the homes and commercial buildings that the architect Carl Graffunder designed during his career from about 1950 to 1980.  There were reportedly about 100 residential homes and several commercial buildings built with his design mostly around the Twin Cities in Minnesota. 

Our interest in Carl Graffunder began in August of 2006 when my partner ran across a newly posted MLS listing for a home near the lakes in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  We had absolutely no intention of buying a home and actually were just moving from the design phase to the construction docs with an architect on our existing home.  So we were as surprised as anyone when we found ourselves closing on that home 11 days later.  

That home is the one that we live in currently and was designed by Carl Graffunder.  We were lucky to find a home by him and especially one that had been owned by only one family – the original owners who contracted Graffunder in 1955.  Very little changes were made to the home over the 50 years that they lived in it.

From our initial purchase of the home, I found that there was very little information available about Mr. Graffunder.   It was also very difficult to find other homes that were designed by him.  I’ve done some research through various architectural societies and the University of Minnesota where Graffunder was a professor for years. 

 I am not an architect so this is my lay-person’s view of what I find.  For those of you with more knowledge than me in this area, I hope to hear from you if you have additional information or corrections.


9 Responses to “About”

  1. Adam Says:

    Here’s a real estate listing for 2358 Gordon Place that has some photos, a floor plan, measurements, etc.

  2. Gary Huls Says:

    My partner and I are just purchasing a house built in 1958..also un-touched. We think there is a chance that it is also a Gruffunder house. The house is near Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka. 11301 Park Ridge Dr. West I was wondering if you know of any way to tell for sure if this is bulit by Carl.?? I would be happy to send you a few photos….thanks

  3. Margaret Shaw Says:

    Thank you for your hard work in putting together this blog. The previous owner of my home insisted the house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright but the claim could not be verified. A client/friend called me and told me she found my house listed in old exhibit at the U of MN. She sent me this blog and a copy of the article about the exhibit. To my amazement I saw my house on the blog.

  4. Teresa Wuebker Says:

    Rodney Billman worked with Carl Graffunder and built 3 homes in EDINA 6217 Wyman; 6220 Wyman and one other on across the bridge from us….

  5. Teresa Wuebker Says:

    Sadly our home at 6220 Wyman is now listed for sale under Edina Realty so if you are looking for a beautiful Graffunder home inside and out…this is your baby….looking for a family to buy it…no tear downs !

  6. John Clouse Says:

    Looking for a photo of Carl Graffunder. Can anyone help me?

  7. Corey Says:

    I found a place Carl designed in circle pines, along with all his original blue prints for the property. It was built in 1955

  8. John Clouse Says:

    I believe that one was/is recently for sale.

  9. Janan Says:

    Hello! My husband and I just bought a 1953 Graffunder at 79 Seymour Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55414. All of the walls are constructed of some sort of sheet plywood. Does anyone have information about the type of wood he used? I need to find more of this to repair some walls that are damaged. I’d love any information you can offer.

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