Historic Fargo home renovated and ready to sell

The Hector House seen Friday, June 12, at 1103 Broadway, Fargo, has undergone extensive renovations by current owner Mary Aaland and is now on the market for $1.4 million. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO — Fargo surgeon Dr. Mary Aaland has put one of Fargo's premier and historic homes up for sale.

The Hector House along Broadway in north Fargo has been undergoing extensive renovations over almost the past decade and has been featured more than once on HGTV's "House Hunters" as Aaland worked first on the interior and then on the exterior of the six bedroom, five bathroom home.

The home, built in 1893 by Martin Hector, is listed for sale at $1.4 million.

In the listing for the home with ornate woodwork throughout it states that it "has been brought back to life" with new siding, roof, windows and a completely refurbished kitchen.

The listing also points to the home's formal dining room with a table that can seat 22 people, a third-floor ballroom, five fireplaces, heated floors, two stairwells, a butler's pantry and a second-story wrap-around deck with about 2,800 square feet of "outdoor living."


Sitting on almost an acre of land, the home's exterior offers new landscaping, a separate apartment and garage structure, with a beautifully redone front porch, missing for decades, with stately pillars and an elegant carport.

Aaland declined another interview with The Forum about her home and pending sale.

The doctor, who has overseen the renovation work, bought the mansion in 2011 to entertain people, she said, and has shared the home during fundraising tours.

"I think that some of these grand old homes are meant to share, and I think that a good way of sharing is to open them up for good cause," said Aaland in an earlier interview with The Forum.

"It's just a house that's meant to entertain," she said. "It's just a wonderful, warm home."

Aaland was hoping to keep alive the legacy of her home's original owner, Hector International Airport namesake Martin Hector, in her renovation work.

It's also a way of showcasing the possibilities of investing in older, established neighborhoods, she said in the earlier interview.

"It's really a community effort to further develop the aging communities of our city," Aaland said.


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