Idzerda House, date unknown (left) and 2007 (center and right) (click thumbnails for larger image)
In 1959-60, Dr. Davidson, a medical doctor on campus, bought the property from the Monastery and began construction of his home in 1960. In 1965, the doctor lost the property and the Davidson family moved from this house.
In 1966, the Monastery purchased the property to prevent its being sold to a buyer who planned to convert it to a bottle club. From fall of 1966 until the fall of 1968 the house served as a retreat center.
In 1981, the College of Saint Benedict purchased the building from the Monastery.
From 1968-1996, the house was used as the "President's Home":
In 1996, when Mary Lyons chose not to live there, the home became a CSB student residence and has remained so since. The house currently accommodates 12 students and generates significant housing revenue.
When Carol Guardo was president, the house, because of its age and need for renovations, was unsuitable for use as a president's home, and has continued to be used for student residents.
On August 3, 2013 the Idzerda House was burned down and used by the St. Joseph Fire Department to practice and prepare for firefighting. The Idzerda House was demolished for structural problems and to make room for future renovation and expansion of the Haehn Campus Center.
"Idzerda House scheduled for controlled burn," CSB Press Release, July 25, 2013