Star Tribune: 'Timeless' Prairie School style house in Rochester hits market for $1.295 million

A richly illustrated biography of John H. Howe, “the pencil in Frank Lloyd Wright’s hand” and one of Minnesota’s premier architects

A few years after Frank Lloyd Wright's death in 1959, his principal draftsperson John Howe moved to Minneapolis, where he continued to champion Prairie School-style architecture.

"He had a significant career as an architect in Minnesota," said Jane King Hession, who co-authored the book John H. Howe, Architect: From Taliesin Apprentice to Master of Organic Design with Tim Quigley. 

Among houses that Howe designed were estates, including the Washington House, built in 1976 on a 5-acre hilltop on Mayowood Hills Drive and named after its original owners, Maaja and Dr. John Washington, who was once the head of Clinical Microbiology at the Mayo Clinic.

The Washington House is a nod to Prairie School-style architecture and features several of Howe's trademarks: vaulted ceilings, an angled cantilever, a continuous band of windows and a horizontal design that connects the house to the land.

Read the full article to learn more about the Washington House, now for sale, at Star Tribune.