Old House Move, One Year Later

It’s been a year this August since the old house was moved to make way for Fargo’s flood control projects. Moving a home that’s 122 years old is a large task. The physical act of loading a house onto a truck and hauling it down the road by house movers is no small matter. And all the coordinating that takes place behind the scenes with excavators, concrete contractors, electricians, plumbers, heating contractors, water, gas and electric utilities.

We could write a book about the events that took place before, during and after the relocation of the 1895 home. But books take time, and we’ve devoted our time the past year to making the house feel at home in its new surroundings. Our main focus this spring and summer has been to establish lawn and begin forming the landscape.

Because so many kind people have wondered how things are going, we wanted to provide a quick glimpse at the work in progress. In a near-future blog post I will fill in some of the details that transpire when establishing an old home in a new site. Who knows, someday when I’m sitting in a rocking chair, I might jot down the entire story of a Victorian home saved because the people of a community cared enough to voice support for a grand old structure. Thank you, and have a wonderful day. Below are a few photos of the home in its new location, with a bit of planting completed, including driveway installed and newly seeded lawn where bare dirt stood.

10 Responses

  1. Janell Krack

    A work of love and it is appreciated by all of us who are so happy to see a little history preserved. Thanks to you and your family for sharing.

    1. Don Kinzler

      Thanks very much for your comments. Please feel free to do a Friend Request on Facebook if you like (Don Kinzler) as I’ll try to post a few things about the house from time to time, or on this blogsite. Have a good day.

  2. Robyn Vinje

    Absolutely beautiful. I hope you will continue to write about it. And a book on its history would be super! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Diane Hurner

    It’s as beautiful as I knew you and Mary would make it, your Victorian house looks like it has been there since it’s beginning. I know you might miss the bigger trees you had before, but that will come too. You and Mary have inspired others to never give up, no matter how big and powerful the opposition seems, and how formidable the task it entails. Thank you for saving such a beautiful and grand old lady from senseless destruction, and for sharing these pictures. Everything is perfect. It would be fun to drive by and ogle the beauty, but I respect your privacy.

    1. Don Kinzler

      Hi Diane. Thanks for your kind words. Please do drive by. Photos screen out the “undone” parts, so please forgive us if everything isn’t finished. Drive by anytime. The address is 6313 27th Street South, Fargo. Go down 25th Street heading South. Continue past 52nd Ave (Don’s Car Wash and Sts Anne and Joachim Church). At the second ’roundabout’ (64th Ave) head west about a block and you’ll see the house.

  4. Julie Aarsvold

    It looks amazing! You have done a marvelous job, in only a year. You would think that the house has been there all along! I hope that this is the last move for you, Mary and your house. I am so glad that you were able to save this grand old home, too many are torn down, just to get them out of the way.

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