Comstock House to Close for 2015 Summer Season

For immediate release

Release dated: 
March 5, 2015
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Megan Lawson, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3141, megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Comstock House to Close for 2015 Summer Season

Ongoing construction will force the temporary closure of the historic site.

The Comstock House in Moorhead, Minn. will be closed for the summer season due to ongoing construction work.

Work was contracted last fall to remove lead paint inside the house as part of a larger preservation project. Testing revealed that more work would be necessary to remove lead dust from the interior. Exterior construction work is scheduled for this spring. Once all construction projects are done, the removal of the lead dust will be scheduled. Interior surfaces and collection items will be thoroughly cleaned and lead levels will be re-tested. It is unclear what, if any, additional lead remediation may be needed, making it difficult to propose a clear timeline for completion of this work. The safety of staff and the visiting public remains a top priority.

Updates about the Comstock House will be communicated on the historic site webpage at www.mnhs.org/comstock, through news releases, and through our community partner, the City of Moorhead.

Built by Solomon G. Comstock in 1883, the Victorian home blends Queen Anne and Eastlake architectural designs. It was home Comstock, a U.S. representative and banker who helped to build James J. Hill’s railroad, and his family.

The house is owned by the State of Minnesota, operated by the Minnesota Historical Society, and is currently managed by the City of Moorhead. The Minnesota Historical Society is charged with site preservation, while the City of Moorhead takes up daily maintenance and provides programming at this historic house.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.