The Charles Schwartz Stone House and Barn

September 4th, 2016

Nestled down a quiet country lane just north of Ottawa Township sits a picturesque property along the eastern bluff of the Minnesota River. Christened “Bur Oaks” by the current owners who have...

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The Burton – Rosenmeier House in Little Falls

July 25th, 2016

The Burton/Rosenmeier House is a significant architecturally  example of the Classical Revival (or Neoclassical) style in Little Falls and for its associations with its first two inhabitants: The...

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Church of the Advent in Farmington

March 14th, 2016

412 Oak Street, Farmington, MN There is nothing more lovely than a cute little church in a small town, especially one with red doors. Built in 1872, this church's building style was suggested to th...

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Historic Walking Tour of Edina’s Country Club District set for May 7th, 2016

March 8th, 2016

Join the Country Club Neighbors for Preservation for the 2nd-Annual Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour on Saturday, May 7 for a stoll through the history and architecture of the Country Club District ...

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The William W. Smith House

September 24th, 2015

When Major William Watkins Smith came to Sleepy Eye with his wife, Ada, they purchased property on the southwest corner of Linden Street and First Avenue South to build their new home. Finished in...

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Wood’s Hilltop Home on Lake Washington

August 28th, 2015

High up on a hill overlooking Lake Washington, not far from Mankato, Minnesota, a beautiful resort hotel called the Belvedere was opened to the public sometime between 1898 and 1900. It was built ...

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The Historic Thompson House in Barnesville

July 6th, 2015

Located in the small town of Barnesville on the western fringe of Minnesota, and just 30 miles from Fargo, lies a beautiful historic home on almost 5 acres of land. Built in 1903 for Peter and Hanna...

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Ramsey Hill Folk Victorian – 537 Holly Avenue

April 22nd, 2015

Charles L. Johnston House When Charles L. Johnston, Vice President of the D.S.B Johnston Land Company, was married in the fall of 1882, it is easy to imagine that this Folk Victorian home was a wed...

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Unique Historic Home Details – Nursery Rhyme Tile

March 6th, 2015

I haven't come across them too often, but when I do, I always try and photograph the nursery rhyme tiles I find in historic homes. They seem to be in homes ranging across a huge span, from the 1890's ...

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Great Sources for Hard to Find Replacement Pieces

February 19th, 2015

Renovating an older home has all kinds of challenges, but sometimes the hardest part is finding replacement pieces. Many times, homes have been stripped of their original light fixtures, stained gla...

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