The Winton Guest House/Photo: Mike Ekern, University of St. Thomas

Occasionally, reality catches up with hyperbole. Witness the case of Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House, a topsy-turvy assembly of rectangles, cubes, and pyramids of different materials and colors, all jumbled together without any apparent rationale other than to be discordant and odd, a trait that has become a Gehry hallmark. In a new biography, Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry, the architectural critic Paul Goldberger (who has championed Gehry for decades) calls the Winton house a “significant milestone” in the architect’s career.

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