Asa Parker

After years of planning and more than a year of demolition and reconstruction, an open house will be held Friday at the restored Asa Parker House.

 

With renovations nearing completion at the historic Asa Parker House in Marine on St. Croix, the siblings overseeing the project will host an open house this Friday. 

Restoration of the 163-year-old home was initiated in 2016 by Marine resident Jack Warren. Warren pursued demolition and reconstruction into late 2018, before his death in November. With much of the house stripped down to beams, his three children — Julie, Tom and Erik — took over the project.

The home was originally built for Marine Lumber Company partner Asa Parker, and later served as a bed and breakfast. 

Warren purchased the home knowing repairs would be needed but discovered serious structural issues as he dug in. “The house was coming undone,” he told the Messenger in August 2018. 

Working with architect Eric J. Hansen, a specialist in restoring historic properties, Warren sought to rebuild the structure in keeping with original construction. He planned to sell the property, once restored, as a single family home.Warren’s children appear to be pursuing a similar path. In a conversation with Marine City Council members September 12, Julie Warren said she and her siblings hoped to split the property, which is already separated by an alley, before the sale. The council advised her to consult with the plan commission to find a best path forward.

Open house

When: Friday, September 20, 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: Asa Parker House (17500 St Croix Trail North, Marine on Saint Croix)

Details: No shoes allowed in the house; socks recommended. Parking available on the lot west of the house where the old tennis court was located. Light appetizers and beverages. Monetary donations will be accepted for the Marine Restoration Society.

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