House honors Augustana music teacher

September 11, 2015

Open house highlights the work of several groups, including Augustana students

It wasn't where he was raised. It was a home he helped to build in memory of a former college piano instructor, Solveig Steen. Soon, it will be home to a family, thanks to the efforts of a student group from Augustana, Affordable Housing Solutions and the City of Sioux Falls Community Development.

A new family will move in next week, said Wayne Wagner, housing development director for Affordable Housing Solutions. It is a not-for-profit organizations that works with nonprofits, governmental agencies, businesses and individuals to give people the stability and security that a good home provides, he said.

An open house from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday at 2129 S. Duluth Ave. in Sioux Falls will celebrate completion of the project.

Steen had lived in the house for decades before it was destroyed by a fire in April 2013. She died of carbon monoxide fumes. Affordable Housing Solutions purchased the property from the insurance company and removed the house's remnants.

In 2014, a student group from Augustana led by Lance Shaull began a project to build a new home in Solveig's honor.

"It's a really great feeling to have this project finally having the impact we hoped to make," Shaull said in an email from Kenya where he is doing medical research.

"There were hundreds of students and multiple faculty that put in hours to get to this point."

, jcallison@argusleader.com8:52 a.m. CDT September 10, 201

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House at 2129 S. Duluth Ave. that was built by theBuy Photo

House at 2129 S. Duluth Ave. that was built by the Affordable Housing Solutions, Sioux Falls Community Development and the Augustana University Big Idea Committee in honor of the late Solveig Steen, Sept 9, 2015. (Photo: Elisha Page / Argus Leader)