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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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