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Herb Fritz-Designed Building In Danger

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jul 10, 2014 01:09 AM
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by Eric last modified Jul 09, 2014

PrairieMod pal, John Clouse sends news that a Herb Fritz-designed Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Golden Valley, MN is in danger of being torn down and replaced by a new building. Read more after the jump... Here are some of the details as we know them: Architect Herb Fritz was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright from 1937 and is responsible for many wonderful works of Organic Architecture in the Midwest. The Kingdom Hall...




 

 

ImagePrairieMod pal, John Clouse sends news that a Herb Fritz-designed Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Golden Valley, MN is in danger of being torn down and replaced by a new building. Read more after the jump...

Here are some of the details as we know them:

Architect Herb Fritz was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright from 1937 and is responsible for many wonderful works of Organic Architecture in the Midwest.

The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 1950 Douglas Drive North, Golden Valley, MN was originally built in 1957. The congregation member who initially engaged Herb Fritz is Mr. Louis Frankus, who unfortunately passed away about four months ago.

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The congregation is desirous of razing the building so that they can erect another on the same site. They need one that is more user-friendly, especially to their aging population. (There are three distinct congregations that meet here.)

The city of Golden Valley does have plans to rebuild both Douglas Drive and Duluth Street but this construction will only minimally affect the parking lot of the church. The belief is that their plans are on hold, at least until August.

The Fritz-designed building is eligible for National Trust listing and an evaluation has been done. It is John's understanding that this was done by Marjorie Pearson in 2012.

In the meantime, if anyone has any insights into how to try and save this building, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at mail@prairiemod.com. Hopefully a solution can be found that gives the congregation what they need AND saves this unique building.

All images copyright John Clouse


 

 

 
 
 

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