This page was last updated on 11 August 2021

Click here to 
Print this page


James Douglas House and Kassenborg Block,
Moorhead, Minnesota, USA


Located side-by-side, these two properties in downtown Moorhead, represent one the community’s oldest homes and one of its last remaining turn-of-the century commercial buildings. Both buildings were threatened by a planned bridge rebuilding and development project. Contractor W. H. Merritt, whose firm was responsible for the construction of numerous historic Moorhead buildings, built the Kassenborg Block in 1898. The block is the largest historic commercial building in the city, which included many examples prior to extensive urban renewal in the 1970s.

The James Douglas House is a two-story wood frame structure that was built in 1872 and according to local historians is probably Moorhead’s oldest standing house. Douglas was the city’s first postmaster and first Probate Judge. He also helped establish Moorhead’s second school and launch a steamboat line. Like the Kassenborg Block, the James Douglas House, is eligible for listing on the National Register.


Errors and omissions

We are looking for your help to keep the Douglas Archives accurate.

If you spot errors, or omissions, then please do let us know.

The Forum

If you have met a brick wall with your research, then posting a notice in the Douglas Archives Forum may be the answer. Or, it may help you find the answer!

You may also be able to help others answer their queries.

Visit the Douglas Archives Forum.

What's new?

We try to keep everyone up to date with new entries, via our What's New section on the home page.

We also use the blog to keep researchers abreast of developments in the Douglas Archives.


Back to top


The content of this website is a collection of materials gathered from a variety of sources, some of it unedited.

The webmaster does not intend to claim authorship, but gives credit to the originators for their work.

As work progresses, some of the content may be re-written and presented in a unique format, to which we would then be able to claim ownership.

Discussion and contributions from those more knowledgeable is welcome.

Contact Us

Last modified: Tuesday, 01 February 2022