Win and Lisl

Winston A. ("Win") and Elizabeth ("Lisl") Close (n. Scheu) were an influential husband-and-wife team of modern architects in the midwest United States. They practiced from the 1930s to the 1980s, mostly in and around the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

This web site is a small collection of items documenting their career, with an emphasis on their residential work. It is maintained by Win and Lisl's grandson, Winston W. Close.


Close Homes: U. of M. Faculty Houses Built by Close Associates
This 2006 booklet by Colin Kloecker and Tom Trow was the inspiration for, and remains the nucleus of, this web site.


Progressive Architecture, December, 1948
Minneapolis Tribune, May, 1948
Minneapolis Tribune, August, 1968
Minneapolis Tribune, April, 1992
Architecture Minnesota, May/June 1992
Pioneer Press, 1998
Minnesota Magazine, April 1998
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, November, 2002

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