The home for the hospital steward (the hospital’s principal non-commissioned officer) and his family sits in a small grove of trees that gives us a glimpse as to what this part of the Fort may have looked like when people lived here. If your imagination can get you past the boarded up windows and entryways, you can almost see the family sitting on the porch on a warm summer evening drinking lemonade.
The home was simple. The main level featured a living room, dining room, and a kitchen. Upstairs there were three bedrooms and one bath. This building originally had a slate roof, which was later replaced with asphalt shingles. A skylight has also been added. An open wooden porch was replaced with an enclosed red brick structure to match the exterior of the building. There was also a small, one-story addition to the rear corner of the home since its original construction.
Currently, this building is in fair condition. Like most of the buildings at the Upper Post, it is in need of mortar re-pointing and concrete work. Problems with the roof have caused interior damage all the way to the basement. Paint and plaster have cracked off walls and ceilings in numerous places. The windows have severe water damage. Obviously, most of the exterior wood also needs to be replaced after years of neglect.
Commonly Known As: Hospital Steward’s Quarters
Building Number: 56
Year built: 1905
Last year of occupancy: 1993
Square footage: 2,700
Ownership: State of MN – DNR