Wednesday, December 26, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 26

December 26, 1979 – Built in 1854, the Shaw-Hammons House was owned by Henry Shaw, one of Anoka's first settlers, one of the first traders in the area, and the first of several lumber barons to live there. The home was later occupied by a succession of Anoka land speculators, lumbermen, business leaders, and politicians. It is believed to be the oldest home in Anoka, and originally served as the first store in the region. The house was listed on the National Register of Historical Places on this date. At the same time, it was also listed on Minnesota’s Ten Most Endangered Properties List.1

Shaw-Hammons House

In 2005, the house was rescued for the foreclosure price of $25,000 by attorney Kurt Glaser and his wife Dawn. The Glaser’s completely restored the home, renovating it with “artifacts found at antique stores and foreclosure sales.”1,_302_Fremont_Street,_Anoka,_Minnesota

StarTribune; “This old house gets new lease on life, but others slip into history”; Minneapolis, Minn.; Sept. 18, 2012; pp. A1 & A7.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Dec. 26, 2012, as long as acknowledgement included.

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