NEW ULM - The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) announced Wednesday it awarded a $7,000 Cultural Heritage grant to be used for a structural assessment of the Frederick W. Kiesling House on the 200 block of North Minnesota Street.
The money is earmarked for Kiesling House preservation planning to hire a qualified professional to write a structural assessment of the house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to an MHS news release.
Built in 1861, the house is New Ulm's only wood frame building from that time that still stands at its original location.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
The Minnesota Historical Society announced Wednesday it awarded a $7,000 Cultural Heritage Grant to hire a qualified professional to write a structural assessment of the Frederick W. Kiesling House in the 200 block of North Minnesota. The house is shown in the background, and a likeness of Kiesling is in the foreground.
Descendants of Kiesling continued family ownership until the early 1970s when Dr. Ted and Lois Fritsche, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Somsen, and Clara Schonlau acquired the house from the Kiesling family. The group later deeded the property to the City of New Ulm along with a $12,000 cash donation.
New Ulm Park and Recreation Director Tom Schmitz said the grant will be used to create an exterior restoration plan for the house.
"After we have that (plan), we'll apply for a larger grant to implement the plan," Schmitz said. "Most of the exterior needs replacement, including siding, shingles, doors and windows. We'll apply for one or more grants to continue, including MHS Legacy Grants."
Schmitz said the New Ulm Park and Recreation Department and New Ulm Heritage Preservation Commission in partnership, are concerned with the house and park.
A 28-page master plan for the Kiesling House property and can be found at the City of New Ulm website www.ci.newulm.mn.us
Other MHS grants announced Wednesday included $6,200 to the Redwood County Historical Society to hire a qualified and experienced HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) engineer to evaluate current system preparatory to better control the county historical museum environment.
(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org).