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Comstock House

506 8th Street South

Moorhead, MN 56560

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Tour the historic Victorian home of the Solomon G. Comstock family.

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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

In accordance with the most recent masking guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, all visitors at the Comstock House are once again required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Clay County is now an area of substantial community transmission, and masks have been shown to mitigate community transmission — especially N95 respirators.

If you are exhibiting the following symptoms, please refrain from visiting the Comstock House at this time:

  • Fever (100.4°F or higher), or feeling feverish
  • Chills
  • A cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • A sore throat
  • New muscle aches
  • New headache
  • New loss of smell or taste

In an effort to maintain proper social distancing, tours are limited to 6 people each.

About the Comstock House

The Comstock House was built over the span of two summers in 1882 and '83. Solomon Comstock purposefully chose the site on high ground and at a safe distance from the city's saloon district downtown.

The architectural firm Kees and Fisk of Minneapolis and Moorhead designed the home in the popular style of the time, blending Queen Anne elements with those of English designer Charles Locke Eastlake. The 11-room, two-story home is characterized by a profusion of spindle work porches, high patterned chimneys, and poly-chromed siding and trim.

At $45,000, Comstock's house was the most expensive and lavish building on the block. Everything inside — lumber, brick, glass — all had to be of the highest quality or it would be removed at the cost of the contractor.

Each room contained a different species of wood, as well as different wallpaper, all chosen with an immense amount of care. The home itself was filled with Asian-themed motifs, landscape paintings, and several maps showcasing Comstock's love of cartography. Doors and windows are made of solid oak, and the stairway banister and three first-floor mantelpieces are butternut. The home features unique details in each room, such as the parquet border in the dining room floor and the intricately carved door knobs.

Solomon Comstock spent 51 years in the house, and his wife Sarah spent 59. Their children continued to live in the home until donating it to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1965.

Throughout the years, the interior of the home remained almost unaltered, with the exception of the bathrooms. In 1974, the Comstock Historic House Society formed to assist in the restoration of the home back to its 1883 appearance.

What to Expect on the Tour

  • Tours are are guided and approximately 45-60 minutes in length.
  • There are 18 stairs and no elevator between the first and second floors of the Comstock House.
  • Photographs are permitted.
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Comstock House

506 8th Street South

Moorhead, MN 56560

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