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Victorian home open for tours

Event slated for Halloween weekend

Jon and Linda Durrant will host tours and a craft show at their Victorian home at 255 Mill St., Scandinavia, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28.

The Scandinavia Library Group will serve a chili and dessert lunch.

The Durrants’ home was built in 1893 by Norwegian immigrant John Olsen Wrolstad.

He was a U.S. Civil War veteran and owned a successful logging business and flour mill.

The second owners were the Thomas and Maren Quien family, who owned the house for 90 years.

The Durrants are the home’s third owners.

Visitors will see a full range of Queen Anne architecture: wrap-around front porch, turned columns, bay windows, cutaways, corbels and short spindles that look like spinning tops.

The house’s faux bois woodwork was not only fashionable at the time, but considered lavish to have artisans paint woodwork to look like quarter sawn oak, walnut and mahogany.

Windows and doors are decorated with Eastlake spoon carved flower blocks, fluted rails and stiles.

There are original pocket doors, fancy wood spandrels, etched glass doors featuring herons and a stairway stained-glass window filtering colorful lights on the foyer floor.

A $2 donation at the door benefits the Humane Society of Waupaca County.

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