Several local residents came to see Hawthorne House during the open house last week.
Last month, the Hiawatha School District voted to list the house through sealed offers, which are due on June 14.
Discussions over the fate of the historic house have been going on for several months now, as council members wonder what to do as the house needed repairs, including replacing porches and bending bricks. In addition, the land could be used for future facility extensions.
The historic house and grounds were donated to the school district for $ 415 by EN Morrill for educational purposes. The land cannot be sold, but lawyers have reviewed the ownership documents and determined that the house can be sold and removed from the property. During the days when Hiawatha Academy was open, Hawthorne House served as the home of the school administrator.
According to the specifications, the house will have to be moved from the property and whoever buys will have to pay 50 percent within 48 hours of accepting the offer and the remainder due at the time of the move – which must be before September 2022. The District will be responsible for the removal of the basement and the dirt work to be completed.
Anyone interested in viewing the house or wishing more information can contact Lonnie Moser, Superintendent or Sarah Windmeyer, Clerk. (785) 742-2224. Submissions must be received by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 14 and will be considered at the board meeting that evening.