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The Charles L. Dauwalter home after restoration.
The Charles L. Dauwalter home after restoration.
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Craig Norby, of Madison River Ventures Inc., is the recipient of the 2011 Carver Heritage Preservation Award for his restoration of the 1898 Charles L. Dauwalter Queen Anne Victorian House at 413 Broadway in downtown Carver. The award is given annually for the year’s best preservation work in the Carver Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

During October and November nominations were solicited. At the November meeting of the Carver Heritage Preservation Com-mission (HPC) the 2011 nominations were reviewed, and from them the commissioners selected the year’s best preservation work or contribution to the Carver Historic District, according to a press release from John von Walter, with the HPC.

In 2011 the Carver brick home was in foreclosure and had suffered from years of neglect, lack of funds, and ill-advised remodeling when Craig Norby, of Excelsior, acquired the home and began restoration of the building.

Exterior work included the cleaning up of debris, new landscaping front and rear, replacement of a badly cracked sidewalk, rebuilding the front porch and adding footings, removing a rear exterior staircase added when the house was once duplexed, replac-ing rotted siding on a rear porch, replacing broken glass and damaged windows, and painting all exterior trim on the brick house.

The inside of the house acquired new wiring, plumbing, paint, a new furnace, new bathrooms, a new kitchen, and a new grand staircase replacing one long ago removed to duplex the house. The house was again converted to its original configuration as a single family residence.

The Charles L. Dauwalter Jr. House was built in 1898 by Charles L. Dauwalter Jr., the son of Charles D. Dauwalter Sr., a pioneer Carver settler, who arrived in Carver in 1857.

Charles Dauwalter Jr. was born in Carver in 1867 and was apprenticed at age 15 in his father’s blacksmith and wagon making shop, later becoming proprietor of the business, which was located next door to his house, and which in 1913 he converted into a Buick automobile dealership, the first in Carver, and among the earliest in Carver County. Later the business was expanded as a Buick-Chevrolet dealership and survives to the present in the Lenzen Buick-Chevrolet dealership in Chaska.

The house is built of buff-colored Carver brick and features Queen Anne Victorian and Eastlake design elements, is 2-1/2 stories high with a multi-gabled roof, a full front porch, limestone windowsills, stained glass decorative windows, and three picture win-dows. The Charles Dauwalter Jr. House was featured in the 1978 Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office book, “Carver County: A Guide to its Historic and Prehistoric Places,” by Lofstrom and VanBrocklin-Spaeth.

Craig Norby will be presented a plaque at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at the Carver City Council meeting in downtown Carver at the Church-by-the River on Main Street East. He will also be given the opportunity to voluntarily display a traveling award recog-nition sign on the restored property for a year.

For those interested, the house is on the market and for sale.

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