Luvsteun House

I located this place back in 2007.  The house sat on a 220 acre farm enrolled in CRP, a government sponsored set-aside program that pays farmers not to plow marginal and environmentally sensitive lands and instead plant them with native prairie grasses.  With the contract up in 2008, the owner decided to not renew and bulldozed the farmstead and plowed up the native prairie for corn.  The before and after photos were taken from the same perspective.

Farmstead as it appeared in 2007.

Farmstead as it appeared in 2007.

yikes!  the owner had pushed trees up against the front of the house for years.

yikes! 

Two light windows with pediment hoods above.  Very nice detail.

Two light windows with pediment hoods above. Very nice detail.

segmental arch window hood!!!

segmental arch window hood!!!

metal chimney

metal chimney

Rear framed addition

Rear framed addition

Glenwood Lutheran Church, built of limestone in 1871.  Photo taken from second floor dormer window.

Glenwood Lutheran Church, built of limestone in 1871. Photo taken from second floor dormer window.

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shoes!

shoes!

Second floor domer detail

Second floor domer detail

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Luvsteun family stone.  This original family stone was replaced in about 1910 and brought back to the farmstead and stuck in a shed.

Luvsteun family stone. This original family stone was replaced in about 1910 and brought back to the farmstead and put in a shed.

granary

granary

Farmstead as it appeared in 2008.

Farmstead as it appeared in 2008.

Impeccable dovetail notching

Impeccable dovetail notching

 

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2 thoughts on “Luvsteun House

  1. Iris

    Hi! Love that you’re breathing some life into all these homes, keep up the good work! Being a native Norwegian speaker, I thought I’d shed some light on the text on that lovely carved stone.

    Not quite sure what a family stone is, and i only have this picture to go by- but at least this face of the stone is a tomb stone. Of Kjersti Lovstuen it says, but I’m gonna guess that might originally have been Løv-stuen, which would be leaf-livingroom, roughly translated. Those odd letters always get the axe pretty quickly! Anyway, her maiden name was Svendsrud, and the inscription at the bottom “Kjært er dit minde”, means dear is thy memory.

    Best of luck!

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