Make the Fillebrown House Shine Fundraising Campaign and Restoration Project Update
The Make the Fillebrown House Shine Fundraising Campaign has raised just over $26,000 toward the Fillebrown House restoration project. The community support of this project has been fantastic and will allow the restoration effort to continue to move forward. The money raised will be used as a cash match for grant applications that are currently being processed to fund a full engineering study and the architectural planning phase of the project. Once those pieces are in place, the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society will be in a stronger position to apply for additional funding to complete the construction project. Planning will take place this spring and the larger grant deadlines occur later in the summer of 2014.
Please consider making a contribution to help us reach our total project goal of $75,000.
Donations can be made online through the donation button on the right, by phone at 651-407-5327, by mail at WBLAHS, PO Box 10543, White Bear Lake, MN 55110 or in person at our new offices at the White Bear Lake Armory - 2228 Fourth Street, downtown White Bear Lake.
Who were the Fillebrowns?
J. Walter and Harriet Fillebrown were residents of St. Paul who decided to purchase a summer cottage at White Bear in 1905 from the George B. Young family. After spending more than a decade of summers at the lake, the family decided to move here year round. In 1920 they did just that, winterizing the cottage by attaching the summer kitchen to the back end and adding heating stoves to the bedrooms. The cottage, or "Red Chalet" as it was known, served as the family home for J. Walter, Harriet and their two children, Helen and Arthur. As the years continued Helen and Arthur were concerned about the future of their cherished home. Neither Fillebrown descendant had married or had children of their own and there were no heirs to carry on the tradition of lakeside living. In the 1970s the Fillebrowns chose to donate their home to the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society as a symbol of the area's past and a community gathering place for future generations.