Hi everyone. I’m going to sidetrack a bit from my usual gardening topics. I’d like to give you a video tour of the historic home from which I do my garden writing. It’s also where we do the gardening and growing that provides the experiences of which I write.
Maybe you’ve heard. Unfortunately our home, which was built in 1895, is in danger of being seized and destroyed to make way for a proposed levee along Fargo’s Rose Creek drain system. The house is not along the banks of the Red River.
The interior of the home has been preserved pretty much as it was constructed 120 years ago. Woodwork, floors, light fixtures, hardware are all original.
After the situation received public media attention, City officials inquired whether we would consider moving the home. At first glance, that might seem like a solution, but there are two serious drawbacks. First, the house was moved once 25 years ago. Maybe it would move safely a second time, but what if it didn’t? Is it worth the risk if there are other alternatives? Second, where do you go with a 3-story Victorian home in Fargo? There aren’t spacious available lots in Fargo’s old neighborhoods, and the house isn’t appropriate in the new developments on Fargo’s outskirts. Moving it to a secluded rural area would remove it from the Fargo-Moorhead community.
Public support has been overwhelming. To give everyone who values historic buildings a view of the home for which they’re voicing support, my wife, Mary, and I posted this video on Facebook. Within 4 days it received nearly 15,000 views. The video is a bit simple and non-flashy, but we hope it gives you an idea of the beautiful Victorian architecture of an era gone by.
Thanks, everyone. — Don and Mary Kinzler