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The Hector House on Fargo's Broadway Drive was the subject of a "House Hunters" episode that aired late Tuesday on HGTV. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Fargo home makes HGTV: Surgeon plans renovations for historic house

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FARGO - Moving back to Fargo for the first time in 30 years, Mary Aaland wanted a house where she could entertain.

In the historic Hector House, she found just that.

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Aaland's search for a home in Fargo was featured on Tuesday night's episode of HGTV's "House Hunters."

Along with her realtor, Scott Breidenbach of Park Co. Realtors, and the show's staff, Aaland looked at 16 different locations in April. The Hector House at 1103 Broadway was among three finalists in the downtown Fargo area.

The house was built by Martin Hector in 1893. With six bedrooms, five fireplaces, three floors and large open spaces, it's a grand, spacious, even stunning home.

Aaland picked the house above all, she said, because of the dining room. It has detailed woodwork, original tapestries and light fixtures, and most importantly, a 24-seat table that is perfect for entertaining.

She still has a lot of work to do. Since moving there in April, Aaland has already redone the kitchen. Opening up the room, adding insulation and redoing plumbing took four months to complete.

In the third-floor ballroom, she plans to redo the floor and walls and add a flat screen TV and other furniture.

Adjacent to the ballroom is the office that Hector worked out of while he lived in the house, which Aaland will try to keep as original as possible.

"I can just come up here and dream," she said of the office. "This is going to be a fun little room."

She also plans to refurbish the house's bedrooms, and to add a front porch. Through the changes, she hopes to restore some of the house's grandeur.

"The goal is to bring it back to what it might have looked like at the turn of the century, but with a modern style," she said.

But, "it'll take a while," she added. "Originally I had a five-year plan, now I'm up to a 10-year plan."

Breidenbach called the house one of the area's most distinctive and said he enjoyed helping Aaland find the right home.

"Mary knows what she wants," he said. "It's fun to work with someone who's excited to move back to Fargo."

Aaland will be the fifth owner in the house's history, and she feels that the pairing was meant to be.

"Mr. Hector was a visionary," she said. "It's a privilege to be a part of this home."

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