Old House CSI: Dundas, MN

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First, a few things that we do know. Dundas was platted by brothers John and Edward Archibald and their cousin George Archibald in 1857. They named the new settlement after their native Dundas County, Ontario , Canada and built a prosperous milling business on the nearby Cannon River. According to the county tax assessor, this […]

St. Donatus, Iowa: A Little Luxembourg in Eastern Iowa

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Vernacular architecture is a term that can mean different things to different people.  It is generally defined as a building style based upon local or traditional designs, materials and building techniques.  However, the nature and origins of designs and techniques varied. Immigrants brought traditional building designs and construction techniques with them to the United States […]