The City of Orono has approved the demolition of Minnesota's Pillsbury Mansion.
According to 5 Eyewitness News, the "Southways" mansion, built for the famous Pillsbury family in 1918, is being destroyed by the current owners, James and Mary Jundt. The demolition was approved because the home is not protected by designation as historic.
The 32,000 square foot home on Lake Minnetonka once sat on 12 acres and was listed for sale at over $52 million in 2007. After six years of sitting on the market, the price was dropped to $24 million, according to Curbed. Zillow's price range Zestimate for the home at 1400 Bracketts Point Road is just $3.9-8 million.
Curbed says the home features "broad hallways, a very formal dining room, multiple sitting rooms, an indoor jacuzzi surrounded by frescos, his and hers dressing rooms, and intricately carved moldings throughout." The lot has since been subdivided into five different lots, and the mansion now sits on just over 3 acres.
The Jundts have 180 days from August 6 to complete the work. As to why James and Mary Jundt want to destroy the mansion...it's a mystery, but I personally think that's just horrible. Shame on them.