This 19th century farm is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the few remaining groups of structures of the early Norwegian Settlement of Norse in Bosque County, Texas. Built in the 1850s, it is currently a working ranch comprised of five stone buildings and hundreds of feet of intact dry-stack stone walls, some as tall as eight feet. Because the buildings and walls remain intact and relatively unchanged, we can see the similarity to Northern European farm buildings in their construction, stone work and siting. Chambers Architects is working with the present owners to preserve and renovate various structures at this ranch.

The Kari and Sedsel Questad Farm, constructed between 1855 and 1870 in Bosque County,Texas, is a rare example of 19th century Norwegian Rock House construction and the only intact ranch with multiple structures in Texas. The house is in the center background, with a spring-house and detached kitchen to the far left, and a blacksmith house on the right. (From a paper given by David Moore to the Vernacular Architecture Forum.)

Vintage photo of the historic two-story barn, one of the five remaining structures on the Questad Farm and pristine examples of 19th Norwegian construction remaining in Texas.

Vintage photo of north view of historic Questad Farm.

Vintage photo of west view of main house on the Questad Farm.

Main home for this early Texas Norwegian farm.

“The Spring House,” a guesthouse for the farm, built in a dog trot form.

Side view of the “spring” house, so called because of the spring that ran underneath the structure.

Preservation by Stephen B. Chambers Architects begins on the Spring House at Questad by ‘repointing’ the local limestone used on the farm near Norse, Texas. Jason and Tori Proctor, General Contractors.

Blacksmith’s workshop and carriage house for the farm.

Front porch of the main house for the vintage house on the National Register of Historic Places.

Remarkably intact barn and dry-stack stone walls.

Historic stone barn.

Steve Chambers, AIA, inspects one of the many historic stone walls running through the Bosque County property.

Below are photos of construction progress on the project