Erhard- Midcentury Modern Retreat:
HOUSE #3 on MidModern Home Tour
Writer: Jenny Schuster
Photographer: Dan Francis Photography
Come along with us on a peaceful journey deep into the heart of lakes country, down a gravel road, onto a ½ miles trail weaving through trees of all kinds. We’ll cross a small wooden bridge laid over lily pad filled waters and enter the private oasis featuring the City of Erhard’s well- kept architectural treasure.
Tucked in amongst the evergreens, rock gardens and flowers, the jutting peaks of Harlan Shuck’s and Robert Sampson’s beautiful Midcentury modern retreat lays in wait for those with an appreciative eye for architecture and design. This unique home, positioned between two lakes (Lake Tonseth and Lake Kempfer) which once served as only a summer getaway, now serves as a year-round home to enjoy with a beautiful updated addition in 2004.
Originally built in 1954 as a copy of a California beach home, the original structure consists of cinder block walls and soaring redwood ceilings, expansive walls of glass, cedar walls and open living spaces indicative of the simple and clean lines found primarily in the Midcentury design movement.
“The first time I came out here, I fell in love with it immediately” said Harlan (a former English teacher at Moorhead High School) who originally spent summers as a caretaker on the property. When given the opportunity, he purchased it in 1975 and since then, he, along with his husband Robert, (a former interior decorator) have thoughtfully added personal touches to stay in line with the theme of the original design.
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