the Julius F. Young House in Owatonna

111 University St. W, Owatonna

Built in 1898, this lovely Victorian home was built by Julius Frederick Young, a local jeweler and businessman in Owatonna, MN. It is in fact built on the land purchased by Mr. Young and platted into a small subdivision (known as JF Young) in 1896, giving him the opportunity to pick the best lot. Christened “Terrace Hill” by the family, the home sits high on the lot and still retains the original carriage house, now used as a two car garage.

Sometime after 1908, the front facade of the home, which faced Cedar Avenue, was changed to face University. The front door was relocated and the original staircase was removed to make a main floor office and new bedroom for the second floor. (What a loss!) A new staircase was placed inside the main level turret and a bathroom was created out of the second floor turret. I was able to obtain a photo of the home circa 1908 which shows the original look of the front exterior and location of the front door and windows.

Comparing the two photos, you can see that several windows have been removed or enclosed and that the stone porch foundation has been altered. I can only imagine how grand the main staircase was, or what the turret rooms were used for. I would have to guess that the main level turret room was the receiving parlor or office, as it has huge pocket doors into the main living room. Below is the same view of the current east facade.

Notice the three season porch off to the left of the home. This was originally the porte cochere and enclosed at some time. The carriages would pick up passengers here, then wind around to the front of the home on the path above the boulders. This is simply an amazing property!
The home is currently listed for sale for $169,900. Please visit the property website for additional photos.

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