The house was built in 1873 by Major Frank Hawkins, a prominent business man and builder. The architecture is a combination of Greek revival and Italinate. Upon his death in 1896 the home fell to his daughter Mamie and her husband James C Purnell. Mr Purnell was an important figure in early Winona. He was a businessman, philanthropist, city official and builder of Winona's first public school. The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. The home remained in the Hawkins/Purnell family until 1989 when it was purchased by Rickey and Debbie Price.