John Olness House

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John Olness House
John Olness House is located in Minnesota
John Olness House
Nearest city Georgetown, Minnesota
Coordinates 46°59′31″N 96°45′8″W / 46.99194°N 96.75222°W / 46.99194; -96.75222Coordinates: 46°59′31″N 96°45′8″W / 46.99194°N 96.75222°W / 46.99194; -96.75222
Built 1902
Architect Brattenborg
Architectural style Classical Revival, Queen Anne
Governing body Private
MPS Clay County MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP May 07, 1980

The John Olness House is a house in Kragnes Township, Clay County, Minnesota, just north of Moorhead on U.S. Route 75. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an example of a link between the farm communities and the farm-related businesses in Clay County. The architecture shows influences of the Queen Anne style, which stands out in Clay County because most buildings were in the local vernacular style. The owner, John Olness, was a successful farmer, and he also owned several businesses in the nearby community of Kragnes, including the local grain elevator and lumber yard.[2]

The house received media attention during the 2009 Red River Flood. On March 24, 2009, owner Jeremy Kuipers discovered that the floodwaters had overcome a dike along a county road and surrounded the house. Dozens of volunteers filled sandbags and built a dike around the house. The floodwaters are expected to threaten the house for the next two weeks before subsiding.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Clay County MRA" (PDF). January 1980. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  3. ^ Tsong-Taatarii, Richard (March 24, 2009). "No man is an island, but his house is one". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 

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