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Marion house finds a new home

Traffic detours while house moves through town

A crew from Aylsworth House Movers in Wadena navigates a house Tuesday morning down Seventh Avenue in Marion. The house was moved from 1355 Eighth Ave. to a lot at 1060 29th St. The ranch-style house did not fit in with other historic homes in the district — including the Victorian the owners live in next door — so the owners had it moved out of the district. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
A crew from Aylsworth House Movers in Wadena navigates a house Tuesday morning down Seventh Avenue in Marion. The house was moved from 1355 Eighth Ave. to a lot at 1060 29th St. The ranch-style house did not fit in with other historic homes in the district — including the Victorian the owners live in next door — so the owners had it moved out of the district. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
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MARION — Parts of Marion’s main drag of Seventh Avenue were closed Tuesday morning to make way for a house finding a new home.

The building left behind its location at 1355 Eighth Ave. in the Pucker Street Historic District to take up residence instead at 1060 29th St.

The 1950s red ranch style home, owned by Lawrence and Joan Nesset, sat next to an elegant Queen Anne Victorian-style home they bought and restored in 1991.

“It really didn’t fit in with the neighborhood. We had these … big historic houses and this little red ranch,” Joan Nesset, 66, said.

The Nessets bought the ranch in 2002. In the middle of the historic district it was a house out of time and place, and within the next decade the Nessets decided to have it moved.

First they needed to get its relocation approved by the city’s historic board. They filed papers in 2012, but the process took longer than expected.

The move “was in the works for several years and then my mother passed away and then my dad wanted to live in it. It’s a lovely little house on the inside,” Nesset said.

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Nesset’s father lived in the house for a year and a half before he died, and then a renter moved in for four years. When the renter left, the Nessets decided it finally was time to go through with the relocation.

Larry Nesset, 61, contracted the movers himself, but worked with the city to facilitate it.

The city shut down traffic along Seventh Avenue in a rolling closure while the house passed through town, carried to a vacant double lot a few blocks away.

The Nessets have planned a basement and double garage to accompany the house at its final destination. They haven’t decided whether to rent it out our sell it.

As for the lot where the house once stood, Nesset said she and her husband probably would turn it into a lawn or garden area.

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