Thompson-Fasbender House

In ruins
649 W. 3d St., Hastings, Minnesota

Beautiful French Second Empire house severly damaged by fire


South (Front) Elevation

The upper floors were severely damaged by fire on December 14, 2017.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2019




According to the Dakota County Historical Society, this house was built in 1880 by William Thompson, a wheat buyer for the Cannon Flour Mills. He was also involved in banking and was part owner of a sawmill that included a door and sash operation. Much of that woodwork found its way into the house.

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.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 22, 1978
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Second Empire
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Multiple dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year


19th Century (37,747)
Brick (42,462)
Built 1880 (543)
Built during 1880s (6,474)
Dakota County, Minnesota (34)
Hastings, Minnesota (16)
House (27,621)
Limestone (8,192)
Minnesota (1,753)
Private owner (54,398)
Second Empire (1,067)
Stone (26,160)
Victorian (19,698)
William Thompson (4)

Update Log 

  • August 7, 2019: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • August 3, 2019: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • August 3, 2019: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, corrected GPS coordinates, added description, and added photos



Thompson-Fasbender House
Posted August 7, 2019, by J.R. Manning

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.

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