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New Ulm in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

The George Kuhlman House

1874    2016

The George Kuhlman House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, July 23, 2020
1. The George Kuhlman House Marker
Inscription.  In 1874, shortly after George Kuhlman arrived in New Ulm, he constructed a home on this site. The same year, he was appointed as Brown County’s Attorney to fill a one-year opening left by his predecessors death. In addition to his legal vocation, Kuhlman was the president of the local Board of Trade and a director with Citizens National Bank. When his wife, Celia, died in 1879, he sold the home to fellow lawyer, Albert Blanchard. George Kuhlman died in St. Paul in 1885.

The house was most noted for its Italianate architectural features, it was made a part of the “New Ulm Commercial District” in 2015. The window treatments showed a full arch on the ground floor, and segmental arches on the second floor. The front door repeated the theme with a full arch transom. There were also hood molds with a keystone above the windows. The cornice line was broken by a slight T corbelling and raised, decorative brickwork done in a triangular pattern. Curiously, there was no internal staircase to the top floor, indicating that have been built with an upstairs apartment in mind, to be accessed through an external staircase (see photo above).

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Some of the occupants of the home after Albert Blanchard included Brooklyn Blanchard, and Martha Hornburg (ca 1911/1912); Hannah Cook, Minnie Gleason, William Mather (ca 1909); AJ Frenzel (ca 1911/1912); WB Greg (ca 1913); FP Starr (ca. 1913-1918); Dr. H.C. Edmiston (ca 1921); Arthur Teynor (ca early 1920s-mid-1950s). In the mid-1950s, Dr. Otto Fesenmeier had his medical practice on the ground level until the late 1960s. Later tenants included businesses such as insurance agents, a proper chiropractic clinic, and a beauty and barber salon. The law firm of Berens, Rodenberg and O’Connor became the last owners.

A private developer attempted to save the house by moving it offsite and to develop it as a residential and commercial property. However, moving the house disqualified it for tax credits and low interest loans, which made it financially and feasible. The house was demolished in late 2016 to allow for a new bank complex on the site. The house was an example of New Ulm’s downtown look from the 1800s, despite the many so the subsequent uses for the building.
Erected 2017 by Bank Midwest.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1874.
Location. 44° 18.77′ N, 94° 27.568′ W. Marker is in New Ulm, Minnesota

The George Kuhlman House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, July 23, 2020
2. The George Kuhlman House Marker
, in Brown County. Marker is on Center Street east of South Broadway Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 509 Center St, New Ulm MN 56073, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Herman’s Footprint (within shouting distance of this marker); City Meat Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Guardians of the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Brown County Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boesch, Hummel, and Maltzahn Block (about 300 feet away); Somsen Hitching Post (about 500 feet away); Arbeiter Hall (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Ulm.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2020, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2020, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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