After buying Frank Lloyd Wright‘s iconic Theodore A. Pappas House in St. Louis, preservationist Michael Miner plans to turn it into a museum.

The home, one of only two that the beloved American architect designed in the Missouri city, was designed in the Usonian Automatic style. During the heyday of his career, Wright focused on building middle-class homes that would be functional and fit into their environment. These homes were meant to look both modern and remain cost-efficient for a simple family over the years.

The Pappas house is made of brick red concrete blocks that the original owners, Bette and Ted Pappas, put together themselves based on Wright’s designs — the architect designed it in 1955 and the Pappas family finished building it in 1964. It sits at 3,000 square feet, boasts four bedrooms and sits on more than three acres of wooded land.

After Bette Pappas died at age 91 in 2018, her children listed the house for $1.95 million. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, it was later relisted for $1.2 million but the details of the sale have not been released. Miner is the head of the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative and a Wright documentary filmmaker. He announced that he bought the home together with the foundation with plans to restore it and turn it into both a museum and an event space.

“In each case, we want to demonstrate to others that buying a Frank Lloyd Wright building and restoring it to its original condition is not only a benefit to the community in which it located, and is the right thing to do, but is also a wise financial investment,” Miner said in a press release, adding that he also plans to buy a second Wright home.

He plans for the home to be open to the public by June or July with a movie screening of Wright’s life as a way to raise money for future restoration costs.

Email Veronika Bondarenko

Show Comments Hide Comments


Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Inman.
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Only 3 days left to register for Inman Connect Las Vegas before prices go up! Don't miss the premier event for real estate pros.Register Now ×
Limited Time Offer: Get 1 year of Inman Select for $199SUBSCRIBE×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription