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Frank Lloyd Wright overnight rental - The Elam House

Bedrooms 1
Space 820 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

820 sq foot Frank Lloyd Wright Guest House suitable for up to 5 guests

Ever wonder what it would be like to stay overnight and tour one of the largest Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian Homes? Now, you can find out! Experience the wonder and fascination of Frank Lloyd Wright in this beautiful home which features 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 3 floor to ceiling fireplaces, two living rooms with soaring ceilings, cantilevered balcony, terrazzo and slate flooring, slate patio outside the guest entrance, over 100 windows, over 100 light fixtures all set in the ceiling, rare white cypress wood, massive limestone piers and stonework comparable to that of Taliesin East, the home of Frank Lloyd Wright.

The 820 square foot Guest House suite has one bedroom and sleeps two comfortably. The guest bedroom has a queen sized bed, in-suite bath room including separate shower and bath tub and walk-in closet. The guest quarters also include a living room and kitchen. The living room has a private entrance, dining area and Satellite TV. Free Wi-Fi access is available. The kitchen includes microwave, toaster, dishwasher, refrigerator, coffee maker, pots, pans, china and flatware. There is also a futon and an air mattress available which can be set up in the guest bedroom or the living room for 3 additional guests. Enjoy relaxing in the privacy and quiet of the Elam House guest quarters.

Videos and magazines on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright and his designs will be available for our guest perusal. Surf the Internet while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee near the fireplace. Play a board game or watch a movie on Direct TV or from our collection of classic movies. Some of the original plans for the Elam House are on display in the gallery for our guest's viewing pleasure. A pocket door in the middle of the 60 foot long gallery/hallway separates the guest rental area from the residence and will be closed and locked before and after the tour of the entire house to ensure the privacy of our guests.

Tours of the entire house are available only to our rental guests between the hours of 5 - 7 pm. There may be some variability on weekends, so please confirm with Peter Plunkett when your tour will take place. Guests are free to walk around the grounds of the entire lot and through the entire guest area at any time during their stay.

You might enjoy examining the Webster Electric 'Teletalk' intercom system that is hardwired throughout the entire house. There are 3 base stations, one at the head of the stairs, one in the master bedroom and one in the guest living room. All of the bedrooms and the garage have an intercom as well. Although not operational at this time, we plan to renovate the system in the future.

The house was designed only for floor heat, however, that was not acceptable to Mr. Elam who demanded that a forced air heating system be added as well. The large 'Kewanee' boilers (there are two of them) and the huge air circulation system are really something to see. The original Hammond organ installed by Elam still remains in the main living room and will be restored as well. Of course, we are sure you will be 'Wowed' by the three floor to ceiling fireplaces that are in the house. Frank Lloyd Wright always liked a good fireplace that the family could relax and unwind by. As much as possible, we are striving to restore our beautiful home to its original splendor. We hope you enjoy staying in it as much as we enjoy living in it!

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Pete Plunkett
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2018

About Pete Plunkett

Welcome guests. I am Pete Plunkett, the Innkeeper for the Elam House. I live in the Elam House with my son, Daran. I was born 5 months after my father Warren Plunkett, purchased the home in March, 1959 from S.P. 'Pearl' Elam. I grew up in the Elam House, went to school and graduated from Austin High School, obtained a BA degree in Business Management from St. Thomas College and a JD degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1985. I have practicing law in Austin, Minnesota since 1985. In 1987, I purchased a home across the street from the Elam House and lived there until 2006 when I moved back into the Elam House.

I am also a slalom water skier competing in local, regional and national tournaments; a competition control-line model airplane pilot; an instrument rated private pilot; an Amateur Extra Class radio operator; an ice hockey player and coach; and an avid duck and pheasant hunter. I have lived in the Twin Cities, and Oklahoma City, but have spent the majority of my life in Austin. I know the Elam House very well and look forward to telling you about it and introducing you to Austin, Minnesota if you have never visited here before.

Pete Plunkett purchased this house in 1959

Why Pete Plunkett chose Austin

This is our family home. We enjoy the home very much and since it is the second largest Usonian home by Frank Lloyd Wright, we wanted to allow other people interested in Wright designs to stay overnight and experience the home in a more intimate manner. Wright drew plans for over 1000 homes. 532 of these designs were built and approximately 400 remain. 13 of these homes are in Minnesota and 4 are in Southern Minnesota. The Elam House is a rare treasure indeed!

What makes this house unique

Enjoy the fantastic views from either living room. Both living rooms have large windows that create one full wall of glass. Some of the windows in the main living room are Nine feet tall and three and a half feet wide. The three floor to ceiling fireplaces are a hallmark of Frank Lloyd Wright. The soaring ceilings in the living rooms are outstanding and give the effect of the room exploding upwards upon entrance. The rare cypress wood lining the ceilings and walls and the meticulous limestone work are wonderful to view and examine. Of course, there is nothing better than relaxing in the house during a thunderstorm. The rain hitting the stone coated steel roof and watching the storm roll by through the windows, it's almost as if you are out in the storm. Wright had the special gift of being able to bring the outdoors inside his homes and the Elam house is no exception.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Austin

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 820 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , 2 sinks
  • Private in-suite bathroom including shower, bathtub, 2 sinks and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon , One Futon and One Air Mattress
  • The guest bedroom has a queen size bed, in-suite bath, shower, toilet and two sinks. There is also a walk-in closet. With 7 swing out windows, Frank Lloyd Wright brings the outdoors inside very nicely in this room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
If you are an amateur radio operator, you might be interested in knowing that the owner has a radio station in the home which includes a Kenwood TS 940-S AT and Kenwood TL-922A amplifier. The owner is in the process of erecting a 70 foot tower which will support several HF and VHF antennas. At this point, the only antennas available are an 80 meter dipole, a 5 element 10 meter beam mounted at 70 feet and a VHF antenna at 80 feet. The owner is a contester; call sign KF0GV (Extra Class). We welcome guest operators. We also have some good duck and pheasant hunting nearby. The owner is an avid hunter and could direct you to one of the hunting lakes, sloughs or hunting areas nearby. Make sure you discuss this with Pete Plunkett well in advance of your stay. We also have a 35' X 60' Ice Rink in Winter. The owner is a former Austin High Varsity Hockey player and is one of the coaches for Daran Plunkett's mite hockey tea


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Frank Lloyd Wright overnight rental - The Elam House
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful to stay in a Frank Lloyd Wright designed property.

  • Submitted: 23-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A most pleasant weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this grand home. As Wrightian as anything we have visited. Watching the evening lightning storm through all of those windows to the sky was a real treat! Peter is great host. Book a visit!

  • Submitted: 9-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful architecture.

  • 4 of 5

The home was visually quite appealing. The unit offered adequate amenities, but could use a bathroom update.

  • Submitted: 1-May-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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walking into someone's home that happens to be built by Frank Lloyd Wright

  • 4 of 5

This is not a museum, cheated for enthusiasts to experience the Vision. This is a family home and the owner graciously provides a tour that introduces you to its features, history and evolution over time. Peter has clearly out a lot of thought and care into it's presentation and maintenance.

  • Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful FLW Elam house in Remarkable Condition

  • 5 of 5

For a wonderful experience in a Frank Lloyd Wright house, it's worth the trip to the Elam house in Austin, MN. The host, Peter, is very accommodating and provides a tour of every part of the house, along with historical comments concerning the house. There are views of early blueprints of the house and copies of several letters between FLW and his associates, and the original owners/builders of the house. Along with several books and videos on FLW and his work, we had a very relaxing and enjoyable evening perusing the information. Peter and his family have owned the home since 1959 so have plenty of history on the house, and have done an excellent job of maintaining the house; it is in remarkable, original condition. You get to spend the night in a very private and spacious wing of the house which is fully self contained (even with a small kitchen) and its own entrance. It was a very quiet and relaxing visit. We enjoyed it so much we even got up to watch the sunrise in the living room. We found this opportunity to stay in a FLW property very worthwhile.

  • Submitted: 4-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phenomenal experience!

  • 5 of 5

One of a kind experience!

A Frank Lloyd Wright lover must stay!

Minnesota hospitality!!

Great little property and history tour.

Slept like a baby.

Phenomenal warm energy in house.

Great selection of Wright History videos!

Sorry for blowing a fuse!

Experience blew my mind!

I’ll never forget my stay at the Elam House!


  • Submitted: 1-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us! We enjoyed having you two as our guests! I'm glad you enjoyed the house and all of the videos, magazines and books about Frank Lloyd Wright. It's guests like you two that make it all worthwhile. Don't worry about the fuse. It was actually just a breaker that tripped. Just a push of a button and all is well. I look forward to seeing you again! Best Regards - The Elam House, LLC
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Austin Municipal Airport (AUM)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Meadow Greens Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sterling Cafe
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Welch Village - Red Wing, MN
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Beaver Lake
Car: necessary

The Elam House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is located in Austin, Minnesota, Home of the world famous Hormel Foods Corporation.

SPAM Museum - Guests are encouraged to Tour the world famous SPAM Museum in downtown Austin. The SPAM Museum features audios, videos and displays depicting the rich 123 year history of the Hormel Foods Corporation. The self-guided museum tour is free, interactive, educational and fun for all ages.

Hormel Historic Home - In addition to the SPAM Museum, tour the Hormel Historic Home which will open a window into the life of the George A. Hormel family. The 1871 home is where Hormel lived with his wife and son when he founded Hormel Foods, Inc. Now restored to early 1900s decor, the 14-room home is open for self-guided tours.

J.C. Hormel Nature Center - Cross Country Ski or enjoy the wildlife at the J. C. Hormel Nature Center. This is a 507 acre center which features hardwoods, restored prairie, ponds, pine forests and Dobbins Creek. Ten miles of hiking and cross country ski trials, as well as a one-third mile paved trail. There is also a three story observation tower, canoe rentals and cross country ski rentals available for use on site.

Shooting Star Bike Trail - Go for a bike ride on the Shooting Star Bike Trail.

Belle Paddle Boat - Go for a boat ride on East Side Lake on the 'Belle' paddle boat.

Paramount Theatre - Take in a movie or a play at the Historic Paramount Theatre. The Paramount Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, originally opened September 14, 1929 and was designed for stage theatre and first run movies. It is just one of a few Atmospheric Theatres remaining in Minnesota. The Theatre was designed to represent being in the courtyard of a quaint Spanish village with twinkling stars and rolling clouds overhead.

Sola Fide Observatory - Enjoy star gazing at the Sola Fide Observatory. This observatory is located on three acres of land, donated to Austin by a local doctor in 1991. Inside the 12 foot ash dome is a 10-inch refractor telescope with a five-inch refractor mounted on the top. The facility is open to the public when volunteers are available to show visitors constellations and other celestial bodies.

Ice Skating - Go ice skating on our backyard rink or at Riverside or Packer arena or one of the many outdoor rinks in town.

Feel free to take a walk, bike or roller blade in our quiet residential neighborhood. If you bring a canoe, you could launch it nearby (about a block away) and paddle down turtle creek.

These are just a few of the attractions/activities that Austin has to offer. However, the main attraction for our guests, of course, is staying at the Elam Guest House! Lounge in the guest living room and take in a video on Frank Lloyd Wright. Or just read a book or a magazine while having a cup of tea or coffee by the fireplace. Cook your own meal in our fully equipped kitchen or dine out at one of Austin's fine restaurants. Don't forget that we provide a tour of the entire house in addition to the guest area as part of your stay. We hope you will enjoy looking at every nook and cranny of our beautiful home.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Austin

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall & Winter 3
Jan 3 2018 - May 25 2018
1 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 28 2018 - May 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
Father's Day
Jun 17 2018 - Jun 18 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer Weekend
Jun 29 2018 - Jul 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
July 4th
Jul 3 2018 - Jul 5 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer weekend
Jul 6 2018 - Jul 8 2018
2 night minimum stay
Jul 9 2018 - Jul 12 2018
1 night minimum stay
Summer Weekend
Jul 13 2018 - Jul 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
Jul 16 2018 - Jul 19 2018
1 night minimum stay
Summer Weekend
Jul 20 2018 - Jul 22 2018
2 night minimum stay
Jul 23 2018 - Jul 26 2018
1 night minimum stay
Summer Weekend
Jul 27 2018 - Jul 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
Jul 30 2018 - Aug 2 2018
1 night minimum stay
Summer Weekend
Aug 3 2018 - Aug 5 2018
2 night minimum stay
Aug 6 2018 - Aug 9 2018
1 night minimum stay
Summer Weekend
Aug 10 2018 - Aug 12 2018
2 night minimum stay
Aug 13 2018 - Aug 16 2018
1 night minimum stay
Summer Weekend
Aug 17 2018 - Aug 19 2018
2 night minimum stay
Aug 20 2018 - Aug 23 2018
1 night minimum stay
Summer Weekend
Aug 24 2018 - Aug 26 2018
2 night minimum stay
Aug 27 2018 - Aug 30 2018
1 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 4 2018
2 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2018 - Nov 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2018 - Dec 26 2018
2 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 31 2018 - Jan 2 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$64.19

Rates are subject to change without notice until confirmed. 2 night minimum for holidays. Holiday rates in the summer season $300.00 To make a reservation, please visit our website at or book online with VRBO. To purchase a GIFT CERTIFICATE, send Peter an email at If you have any questions, please call Peter at 507-438-9503. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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