Volume 8, Issue 22; July 9, 2015
Historic Riedele/Ernst House Moved
On Wednesday, from midnight to about 1:30 am the historic Riedele/Ernst house was moved from Firemen’s Park to its new site of 207 Walnut Street.
The house was preserved and moved as part of the Firemen’s Park redevelopment project. The original portion of the house was built in 1884 on the brickyard site owned by Andreas Riedele. Brickmaking started on the site in 1881. By 1882 the Riedele employed 15 workers and manufactured 15,000 bricks per day. The house was adjacent to the brick yards and housed two generations of Riedele families.
When the Klein Brothers acquired the brick building business, they also acquired the house. In 1910 a two-story Chaska brick addition was added to the rear of the house. The one-story open front porch was also constructed that same year.
For the past several years the house was known as the Ernst house, as it was owned by landscape architect, Gene Ernst, who had his office on the first floor, and a residential rental space on the second floor.
The house and property was acquired by the City of Chaska two years ago in anticipation of the Firemen’s Park redevelopment. The house was moved to Walnut Street and there are plans to re-use it as either office space on the first floor and residential on the second floor, or as a strictly residential home.
The move was thankfully, uneventful. It went as planned and was completed in the time frame anticipated. A huge thank you is due to Thein Moving Company out of Clara City, Minnesota. They did a fantastic job of planning, and executing the move that created very little disturbance to traffic, business, and residential areas.
Over the next several weeks crews will be building up the foundation and re-grading the Walnut Street site. At the same time, the lot to the south will be developed by the City as part of this year’s Street Reconstruction Program, into a 25-vehicle public parking lot. The project is slated to be completed yet this summer.
Questions about any of these projects may be directed to Chaska City Administrator, Matt Podhradsky, at 952-448-9200.