James Douglas House and Kassenborg Block,
Moorhead, Minnesota, USA
Located side-by-side, these two properties in downtown
Moorhead, represent one the community’s oldest homes and one of
its last remaining turn-of-the century commercial buildings.
Both buildings were threatened by a planned bridge rebuilding
and development project. Contractor W. H. Merritt, whose firm
was responsible for the construction of numerous historic
Moorhead buildings, built the
Kassenborg Block in 1898. The block is the largest historic
commercial building in the city, which included many examples prior
to extensive urban renewal in the 1970s.
The James Douglas House is a two-story wood frame structure that
was built in 1872 and according to local historians is probably
Moorhead’s oldest standing house. Douglas was the city’s first
postmaster and first Probate Judge. He also helped establish
Moorhead’s second school and launch a steamboat line. Like the
Kassenborg Block, the James Douglas House, is eligible for listing
on the National Register.
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