Beautiful French Second Empire house severly damaged by fire
In 1929, Dr. Herman Fasbender, Sr. bought the mansion and converted it to St. Raphael Hospital, adding an elevator. (See Fasbender Clinic Building for Dr. Fasbender, Junior's clinic designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.) When a new St. Raphael Hospital opened in 1953, the house was sold and remodeled into an apartment house. In 1979, it was converted to a bed & breakfast by Dick and Pam Thorsen.
The St, Paul Pioneer Press reported that in 2017, the house was being remodeled again, this time, three condominiums were being added for rent to vacationers and business travelers. On December 14, 2017, the house was engulfed in flames. Owners Dick and Pam Thorsen escaped, the upper floors were unoccupied during the remodeling.
Fire crews from Cottage Grove, Miesville, Rosemount and Prescott, Wisconsin came to assist.
No other information is available as of this writing.
The Thompson-Fasbender Mansion was engulfed in the early morning hours of December 14, 2017. The five alarm fire severely damaged the house. No one was injured. The owners of the house, Pam and Dick Thorsen, were on the first floor and escaped. The upper floors were unoccupied. Cause of the fire was reported to be a malfunctioning switch in an upstairs boiler.
On December 14, 2017, the house was engulfed in flames.
A series of dramatic photos of the fire, now added to the listing, were taken by Marta Tierney of KDWA radio in Hastings and used with her kind permission, including the photo with this post.
The house is currently for sale. The owners, Pam and Dick Thorsen, are offering the house for sale and point out that is eligible for historic tax credits and grants which could aid in the restoration.