Italianate Home in Pelican Rapids

22 Fifth Avenue Southwest, Pelican Rapids
In Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, there is a great Italianate home that sits on a hill which is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. It was built circa 1883-1887 for Otto Andreas Edward Blyberg, known in the area as “the first merchant, the first postmaster, the first man to build a frame house, and the father of the first child born in the village”. Pelican Rapids was settled mainly by Norwegians, starting when the town was platted in 1872. 

It features over 3800 square feet, 5 bedrooms, and 3 baths.

Photo of home, 1974
Photo of home, 1983

3 Responses to “Italianate Home in Pelican Rapids”

  1. The Brown's says:

    From the current owner:
    The Blyberg / Haugen family lived at the property for 70+ years, before selling to the town doctor. The latest (previous) owners (mid 1990’s – 2007) hired a finish carpenter for 2-3 years restoring all the original woodwork and completing some period renovations, in preparation for opening a B&B – which never happened. The interior features lots of original ornate hardware (the first owner was town merchant so could order the best stuff), hand-carved doors and frames, some original glass windows (bubbles, imperfections and all!) as well as lots of history: first home to have running water / plumbing (by way of cistern in attic and ‘help’ running buckets of water up); cisterns connected to gutter system for washing dishes in kitchen; plus orignial period photos (1904?) that show the original parts of the house. Dozens of interior photos may be viewed at
    This was a blog set up by the current owners for a tour to celebrate the home’s 125th anniversary back in 2008.

  2. Flora Kloshur says:

    So sorry you must sell this lovely home.

  3. Thank you so much for all the great information about the home!

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