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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Haven't you always wanted a care-free house?
Imagine never having to paint your house or put on a new roof. Wouldn't that be great? After World War II, Alcoa — the world's third largest aluminum manufacturer — tried to sell America on the idea of living in an aluminum house. The company set up sales offices around the country in an attempt to sell "care-free living." I don't know whether this project was a success (perhaps someone can point me to a few resources), but Sotheby's is trying to sell an Alcoa Care-Free unit in St. Louis Park for $575,000. The house features an "aluminum roof, exterior doors and windows," an open floor plan and "California rambler style living."
Crazy, baby! I love it!
Now, where did I put that cocktail?
Your chance to see the house is on Friday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m., according to Preserve Minneapolis and Sotheby's International Realty. The exact address is 8000 Westwood Hills Drive. Directions are on the Preserve Minneapolis website.
To learn more about the Alcoa Care-Free house, go to Mid-Century Mike's Modern Capital blog. He lives in a similar house near Washington, D.C.
(NOTE: This blog entry was updated on April 3, 2008 to reflect the fact that Preserve Minneapolis is co-sponsoring the open house, not the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Sorry.)
(Photos courtesy of sfp237's flickr page)