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Dyre and Sophia Amundsen House, Murray

Members of the Amundsen family have lived in this Murray house for over a century. How many of us even know, much less live in, our great-grandparents' house? The family's recent renovation project insures that the Amundsen legacy will survive well into the future.

Dyre and Sophia Amundsen constructed this house on their Murray farm in 1892. The Amundsen's granddaughter, Edith Adams, lived here her entire life. When asked why she never moved, Edith explained, "New houses are nice, but I always like to come back to my own."

After Edith passed away four years ago, her children decided to preserve and restore the house rather than sell it. The visionary behind the project was Edith's daughter-in-law, Linda Adams. "We have so many fond memories of this house," Linda noted, "we just wanted to bring it back to its original state."

On the exterior, the Adamses removed aluminum siding added to the house in the fifties and washed the historic brick. The transformation was immediate and exciting. With the assistance of architect Dan Losee, the family proceeded with a systematic renovation that included replacing the roof, installing new wood windows, and adding a sensitive addition to the rear of the house.

The interior of the house, with its l2-foot high ceilings, was in relatively good condition.

The family was able to save most of the original woodwork, transoms, and hardware. The original plaster decorations around the ceiling light fixtures were repainted and old brass light fixtures reinstalled.

The Amundsen family's commitment to preserving their heritage has also enhanced the city of Murray. The Murray Historic Preservation Board cites this project as one of the finest examples of preservation in the city. The legacy of a family has now become the legacy of a community.