The halls are decked

Ringland-Smeltzer will host its Holiday Open House

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
The Ringland-Smeltzer House is decorated for the holiday season with a mix of pine garlands and white lights.

The Ringland-Smeltzer House will once again be decked out for the holidays, and its doors will open to guests on Dec. 10.

The Ringland-Smeltzer House is located in the historic Oak Hill District of Fort Dodge and was constructed in 1903. It is an example of the Jacobethan Revival architecture popular from the 1800s until about the 1920s.

Once home to a family prominent in the gypsum industry, the house is now under the care of the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust. The trust is responsible for maintaining the house, as well as giving back to the community through grants, scholarships and fellowships designed to support the interests previously pursued by Ann Smeltzer, the last resident of the home.

“Our holiday open house is a good time for the people of Fort Dodge to see the house all decorated for Christmas, as well as learning history about the house at the same time,” said Bill Griffel, president of the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust.

Every year, the outside and inside of the house are decorated for Christmas and it is open for the community to see.

Inside the house, guests can expect the first floor to be decorated for Christmas.

“We do not have much for decorations on the second floor, but it will still be open for guests to walk around if they please and to check it out if they have never visited the house before,” Griffel said.

There are two main Christmas trees, each decorated differently, in the living room and library.

The dining room table will be set for a festive holiday meal, allowing guests to see some of the fine china and silver the family used. The outside of the house will also be decorated with lights and garland.

“It is always nice to see the reactions of the kids when they see all the Christmas decorations, as well as sharing all the beautiful decorations with the locals,” Griffel said.

The Ringland-Smeltzer holiday open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10. The house is located at 1019 Second Ave. S. This is a free event for everyone.

“The holiday open house is our way of giving back to Fort Dodge, and is a great way to see the house free of charge with the family, and it makes for a relaxing, fun Sunday afternoon,” Griffel added.

If You Go

What: Ringland-Smeltzer House holiday event

When: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: 1019 Second Ave. S.