Historic Property: Historic Thorson House in Iola, Wis., offered

IOLA, Wis. — The Thorson House, named for a pioneer Iola, Wis., family, has recently been listed on the real-estate market.

The original section of the house dates from 1880-1890, while the main structure was built in 1912. After Krause Publications purchased the property, Chet Krause, who had worked as a carpenter prior to entering the publishing field, supervised the restoration of the buildings. The goal was to restore the home as closely as possible to its 1912 appearance, while modernizing the convenience features which had been added since then.

Restoration and modernization of the house began in earnest in 1982; a new gas furnace and central air conditioning unit were installed, all windows were replaced using modern weather-stripping and insulated glass. Insulation was brought up to modern standards. The home was completely rewired, since original electrification occurred in the 1940s.

The timber-frame garage, though it looks as if it were built with the house, was built new in 1984. 

The beautifully restored home features five bedrooms, two baths, hard maple flooring, original woodwork, and five-panel oak doors, a new metal roof, wrap-around porch and double staircase. It also has a sprinkler system and security system, and a two-plus car garage. The homestead sits on 1.87 acres and is close to town.

The asking price on this stunning Victorian home is $189,900.

For more information on this beautiful property, call the Shambeau and Lyons real estate office at 715-258-9565 and ask about property number 20804904.