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The East Park Historic District: On-line Walking Tour
S. Lynn Street


300 Lynn Street

Sverre and Lille Brekke

Sverre Brekke came to the United States in 1923 at the age of 15 from Norway.  In 1930 he was working as a bookkeeper and lived with his aunt Anna Thorviek on S. Monroe Street.  He was later a driver for the Standard Oil Co.

The Brekke House is a Cape Cod -- one of many Period Revival styles popular in the 20th century. The steep gable roof and pedimented central entry are typical style features.

36 Lynn Street

Axel & Dagmar Mortenson

Axel was a native of Norway and arrived in the United States in 1911.  He listed his employment in 1930 as a “trailer assembler,” likely at the Mandt Wagon Company which at the time was making a variety of automotive products.  Later, after the end of Prohibition in 1933, he operated Mortenson’s Tavern on Main Street.

With its gambrel roof and side-lit entry, the Mortenson house is a good example of the Dutch Colonial style.

308 Lynn Street

Hub City Construction Co.

This brick bungalow was erected by the Hub City Construction Co.; early owners have not been identified.  Typical bungalow features include the full-length porch with short columns, and deep eaves with knee brackets.  A large addition was made in 2004.


324 Lynn Street

Haakon & Caroline Tholo

Haakon was a native of Norway and worked as a building contractor. The Tholo household in 1930 included three children. Their house apparently sheltered two families; Dr. Robert and Gladys Schoenbeck and their two children rented a portion of the house.


According to Carl Sampson, the Robertson players were the stars of East Park entertainment in the summer.  Their tent shows included a Sunday matinee for children that cost 15 cents and offered “Hansel and Gretel.”



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