updated 12 January 2019
|Photo of Edward J. Webber residence from YouTube video made by current owners Don & Mary Kinzler.|
Still discovering! This video is one you'll want to view more than once. The owner, Don Kinzler, narrates. He points out several interesting features, but more meet the eye. What's around the corner? Can't wait to see!
The preservation history of this home has been dramatic. It was originally located in Fergus Falls MN. It is a five bedroom, two and a half bathroom 1896 Queen Anne house designed by Omeyer & Thori, Norwegian immigrants. From 13 August 1982 to 22 May 1992 it was on the National Register of Historic Places.
from Minnesota Reflections https://reflections.mndigital.org/catalog/otter:278#/image/0
Copyright © 2005 Otter Tail County Historical Society; used with permission 4Ja2019
It was the home of prominent blacksmith, horseshoer and successful farm implement merchant, Edward J. Webber.
|Edward J. Webber 2 April 1858 - 12 March 1905|
|Title||Progressive Men of Minnesota: Biographical Sketches and Portraits of the Leaders in Business, Politics and the Professions; Together with an Historical and Descriptive Sketch of the State|
|Editors||Marion Daniel Shutter, John Scudder McLain|
|Publisher||Minneapolis Journal, 1897|
|Original from||Columbia University|
|Digitized||May 9, 2018|
|Length||506 pages; p.373|
When the wife of Edward Webber, E.J.'s grandson, died in 1991, the home was moved from its original location by its new owners, Don & Mary Kinzler, to Moorhead MN. As illustrated by one of the comments on the YouTube video, this initial move left some hard feelings in the Fergus Falls community:
At 5AM on 24 October 2013 an electrical fire broke out on the third floor that damaged much of that floor. Water damage was extensive on other floors. The Fergus Falls Journal reported that the first fireman on the scene was pessimistic about saving the structure.
The Kinsleys, however, did not give up their dream. Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of West Fergus worked with the Kinsleys to restore the residence as closely as possible to its original condition. Challenges faced during the $145,000 restoration included bringing electrical and plumbing systems up to Code, refinishing the oak and mahogany parquet floors, replacing plaster board and lathe with new plaster board and choosing replacement wallpaper in period colors.
>>Those of us fortunate enough to never have had such an experience can get an idea of what it is like by visiting the Paul Davis site that gives fire victims recovery tips. There is also a FEMA publication on the subject. Psychological counseling for victims should be considered. The installation of a fire suppression (usually water sprinklers) system would be advised to prevent extensive fire damage in the first place.<<
Problems surfaced again in 2016 when a flood control project included the property to which the Webber/Kinzler House had been moved. Demolition seemed a possibility just 3 years after the fire damage had been mitigated.
A Dialog with the owner; Comments from the YouTube video at the top of this post provide some additional detail about the 2nd move:
~ * ~From the YouTube video, these stills show some of the distinctive Victorian architectural design found inside this home. Doorways on the first floor display elaborate ornamental woodwork:
Original light fixtures, some quite colorful, are everywhere:
Ordinary-looking banister, maybe? Not so fast!
Feast your eyes on these banister post details:
|No mere knob atop this post!|
|Vestibule light atop newel post at bottom of stairs|
Portiere, anyone? Curtains were used in Victorian homes to separate hot and cold zones as well as for privacy. They were used as a substitute or supplement for doors in some locations. Here's an example from the Webber/Kinzler home:
Meanwhile, you may be walking on individual small pieces of polished Oak and Mahogany, each piece laid by hand into a pattern called a parquet floor.
Tiles and fancy woodwork adorn the fireplace. Notice the pocket door on the left? They were often featured in homes of the Victorian era.
Coming, going and just passing by, you cannot help but notice stained and fancy glass:
|Main stairway window|
|Front entry to vestibule.|