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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The Donaldson House: A Look Into One of Minnesota’s Grand Homes

September 10th, 2014

The Donaldson Mansion was selected last year to be featured in Larry Millet's new book coming out in November, "Preserving Our Grand Homes: Minnesota's Own". It's being published through the Minnesot...

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Old Home Certified in Minnesota

August 4th, 2014

Seeking a Realtor® who knows vintage properties? Jennifer Kirby, the premier go-to real estate agent in Minnesota specializing in historic homes now carries the Old Home Certified designation fro...

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Julius A. Coller House in Shakopee

May 3rd, 2014

In 1887, Julius A. Coller built the first phase of this lovely home in a simple Victorian style influenced by Gothic Revival details in its steep gables, decorative trusses, and spindlework porch....

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Round Barn in Red Wing

March 2nd, 2014

The historic Round Barn property just outside of Redwing. I wrote a blog post about the property a few years ago when I was allowed to photograph the barn and grounds. The main house is new and cu...

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