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Anonymous Donor Puts Up Half-a-Mililon Dollars for Biermann House

May 15, 2018 11:32 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- An anonymous donor is giving $500,000 to preserve the historic Biermann House in Rochester.

The home sits just inside the gates of the Mayowood Mansion property in Rochester.  Olmsted County currently owns the house and 70 acres of surrounding land.

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If the donation comes through, the house and land will be transferred to the city of Rochester with the possibility of making it a public park.

"I believe that the parks department has done a good assessment of the offer and is prepared to accept it. And then, in turn, Olmsted County is prepared to transfer the property to the city of Rochester. Seems like a win-win to me," said Sheila Kiscaden, chair of the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners.

According to the Friends of the Biermann House Facebook page, the home is "the oldest documented structure int he Mayowood Historic District."

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