Saturday, November 26, 2005

This is the Steensland mansion on Carroll Street, owned by the Bethel Lutheran Church, which has used it for years as a thrift shop. The shop will close on November 30th, and the fate of the mansion is uncertain.

The mansion was built in 1896 and is quite ornate. The walls inside the first floor of the house are covered with tin plate pressed with a floral design, and all the wood trim is carved with these faces and curlicues.

The ornate turned rail and paneled stairway to the second floor of the house.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

I took a walk north along Carroll Street today to look at the old mansions. Most are now subdivided into apartments but this one didn't appear to be, and was beautifully kept up.