MARSHALL – The historic Gieske house on West Lyon Street has new owners and a bright future.
Brandon and Sarah Vogt, both graduates of Marshall High School, bought the house from former owner Mark Goodenow. They closed the property on August 27 and plan to start moving into the house this week.
They see the Gieske house as a long-term family home for themselves and their three children; Viviana, Eleanor and Vince. All three attend Marshall Public Schools.
“We all fell in love with the house” Sarah said. “We’re going to hang on to this one. It is a special place, a perfect place for our family.
The Vogts have a lot of experience in buying and selling homes. They have lived in nine different houses over the past 20 years, most of which are located in the Twin Cities. The Gieske House will be the third house they have owned in Marshall since their return three years ago.
They bought their first Marshall house while in Australia on a six month trip around the world. It was a way to take a break from the hectic lifestyle they had in the Twin Cities. He took them to Hawaii, Bali, Australia, Thailand, Spain and Portugal.
“We saw some amazing places on our trip,” Sarah said. “It was the opportunity to talk about what we wanted most from life. We have decided that the most important things are family and living in a place that has a sense of community. “
They both plan to have home offices in the Gieske house. Brandon works remotely as an e-commerce consultant for Best Buy. Sarah is a full-time real estate agent at Wilson O’Brien Realtors and also writes a series of books based on biblical adventures.
Other decisions they’ll make for the house include how to use the basement vault room and what to do with the bonus room on the third floor.
The safe can become either a bar or a recreation room for children. The bonus room could be a space for guests as it was most recently used, but would also be a good space for a home theater.
“Our heads turn with the possibilities” Brandon said. “There is a lot of space available. We’re going to move in first, and then make some of the floor plan decisions.
Gieske House, one of two Marshall buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, was built by Marshall Milling owner William F. Gieske.
After being a single-family home, it served as the Marshall Hospital from 1938 to 1950. It was later converted back to a private home and has had only two owners in the past 60 years.
Former owner Mark Goodenow has completed extensive restoration work on the house. His efforts kept the Gieske House alive into the 21st century when three other grand historic houses on West Redwood Street were due to be demolished.
“People have asked us what kind of changes we are going to make” Sarah said. “In fact, we don’t have to change anything because Mark has done a lot and opted for top quality catering. It will be nice to just move in and enjoy it.
They added that they might at some point plan improvements to the shed, the only part of the property that has not been restored.
They also plan to continue the tradition of having occasional tours and events at the house. Most of the events organized by Goodenow were sponsored by the Lyon County Historical Society.
“Once installed, we will be open to the idea of events”, Brandon said. “We will review the requests as they arise. It is important to give the community a chance to benefit from the history of our house.
Goodenow advertised the home this summer for an asking price of $ 325,000. It was sold to the Vogts for a price of $ 320,000.
He decided to buy his parents’ house in Iowa as a more practical option for his retirement years. He noted that the Gieske house has become for him a hobby as well as a place to live. After accepting Vogts’ offer, he said he was satisfied with the results of his sale.
“It’s time for me to move on” said Goodenow. “I’m glad there was interest and it sold out quickly. The house has good new owners. I wish them the best with this.