P.A. KOLSTAD HOUSE - 1005 N. QUEEN (LOOK LEFT) BUILT 1880 TWO-STORY ITALIANATE WITH QUEEN ANNE FEATURES
Peter Andrew Kolstad and his wife, Molly Groth Kolstad, were the original owners of the home and were members of one of Palestine’s most affluent and influential families. Mr. Kolstad was the son of Soren and Ingeborg Kolstad who were Norwegian immigrants that settled in Texas around 1853. Mrs. Kolstad was a native of Galveston. In the 1850's Soren Kolstad founded the Kolstad Jewelry Store which was in operation until 1994. His sons P.A. and John S. took over the business in 1878. P.A. bought out his brother in 1913. Molly lived in the house after her husband died in 1922 until her death in the mid 1940’s. This house is a hybrid of Italianate and Queen Anne features. Both were popular in Palestine at the turn of the century. The turned woodwork on the porch is of Queen Anne origin. The pedimented architraves above the windows and bracketed eaves reflect Italianate influence. This home has recently been restored.