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Swart House at 109 8th Street N., Fargo, N.D.
Swart House at 109 8th Street N., Fargo, N.D.
TitleSwart House at 109 8th Street N., Fargo, N.D.
Date of Original1917?
DescriptionTwo and a half story wood frame Second Empire Victorian style boarding house with Mansard roof featuring dormer windows, open front porch with second story balcony with wrought iron banister. View taken in winter with snow on the ground.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectCity & Town Life
Art & Architecture
Subject (LCTGM)Lodging houses
Mansard roofs
Subject (LCSH)Architecture, Victorian
Organization NameSwart House (Fargo, N.D.)
LocationFargo (N.D.)
Cass County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
AddressFargo (N.D.) - 8th Street N.
Fargo (N.D.) - 8th Street N. - 100 block
Item Number2007.0113-04
Negative Number2007.0113-04
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original9 x 15 cm.
NotesTitle supplied by staff.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/HistoryThe three story building at 109 8th Street N. (formerly 9th Street N.) belonged to a complex of boarding houses belonging to Sara Swart, wife of Charles Nears Swart. The Swart's moved to Fargo in 1879, and bought property on the western edge of town. Because Mr. Swart was an engineer with Northern Pacific Railway, he was away from home most of the time, and Mrs. Swart was very lonely, so she began to take in lodgers at her home at 110 7th Street (formerly 8th Street). The Swart House became a popular hostelry, and soon the complex boasted of three buildings and a barn. The largest, a 28 room building called "The Big House" was located at 109 8th Street. The lodging house was a popular with divorce seekers during the years when divorce laws required only a 90 day residency period.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionFargo Homes Photograph Collection 2007
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (2007.113-04)
Rights ManagementCopyright held by the Institute for Regional Studies.
Digital IDrs005931
Original SourceNegative
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