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Recent National Register Listings in Minnesota

Here are a few of the latest National Register listings in Minnesota. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's cultural resources worthy of preservation. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture and which possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association.
External view of Cloquet High School
Excelsior Commercial Historic District
October 20, 2021 Direct Link
The Excelsior Commercial Historic District “is locally significant and represents Excelsior’s commercial history, beginning with the town’s start as a tourist destination on Lake Minnetonka. The majority of the buildings in the historic district were built during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and held a variety of shops, restaurants, and services for tourists and locals. During the mid-twentieth century, the north block of the district was redeveloped as the tourist industry declined and lakefront hotels were demolished. New entertainment venues and auto sales and service buildings were constructed during this period. The district’s period of significance begins in 1886 when the earliest buildings in the district were constructed and ends in 1955 when downtown had been fully developed.” The district was listed under Criterion A (a history argument) in the area of significance of Commerce.
External view of Cloquet High School
Alano Society of Minneapolis Clubhouse
October 13, 2021 Direct Link
Formed in 1941, the original Minneapolis chapter of AA (known as Minneapolis 2218) was not only the state’s first chapter of AA, but also acted as an incubator for numerous chapters in the metropolitan region. After the Alano Society of Minneapolis acquired the former residence of wealthy industrialist John Washburn in 1942, Minneapolis 2218 utilized the building for its member meetings and occasional regional events and notable speakers.[1] With the cooperation of the Alano Society of Minneapolis, the clubhouse at 2218 1st Avenue South also acted as an information hub for AA chapters in the greater Minneapolis area. Through its members’ engagement with alcoholics in Minneapolis and the surrounding region, Minneapolis 2218’s influence extended beyond its members and AA itself to the broader community. The period of significance for the property ends in 1968, when some of the clubhouse’s coordinating functions passed to the Minneapolis AA Intergroup. The applicable local context is South Minneapolis: An Historic Context by Hess, Roise and Company (2000). There are no applicable statewide contexts. The property is located within the City of Minneapolis’s locally-designated Washburn Fair-Oaks Historic District and was identified as eligible for the National Register in the Volume Two of the Phase I/Phase II Architecture History Investigation for the Proposed Southwest Transitway Project, Hennepin County, Minnesota by Hess, Roise and Company (2010).
External view of Cloquet High School
Windom Park Residential Historic District
October 13, 2021 Direct Link
In the latter half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, upper-class neighborhoods emerged in various cities throughout Minnesota. Comparable examples to Windom Park include the Irvine Park and Historic Hill neighborhoods in St. Paul, the Washburn-Fair Oaks Mansion District in Minneapolis, the Pill Hill neighborhood in Rochester, and the West 2nd Street neighborhood in Hastings, all of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Such neighborhoods were typically established by prominent, wealthy residents who were instrumental in the founding and/or development of their respective cities. The neighborhoods are sited away from the central business core where there was more space. The Irvine Park residences surround a central green space while the Historic Hill neighborhood features wide boulevards as well as triangular corner parks. These neighborhoods are comprised of large houses that were designed in prevailing architectural styles of the era and often by known architects. Their grand residences conveyed the owners’ status, influence, and wealth within the community.
Calvary Baptist Church exterior
Calvary Baptist Church
May 19, 2021 Direct Link
Minneapolis, Hennepin County. Listed May 19, 2021. According to the nomination, the building is "a well-preserved, noteworthy representative of the work of architects Warren H. Hayes and Harry Wild Jones" and, more specifically, "illustrates the architect’s execution of Romanesque forms in brick and the modified Akron Plan."
JI Case Building exterior
J.I. Case Building
May 18, 2021 Direct Link
Minneapolis, Hennepin County. Listed May 18, 2021. The J. I. Case Building was built and operated as a branch house by the J. I. Case Threshing Machine Company, one of the country’s leading implement manufacturers. Case adopted the branch system in the late nineteenth century to control marketing and distribution of its products, which was also handled by independent jobbers. During the five decades that Case occupied the Minneapolis building, beginning in 1907, American agriculture went through a radical transition, with mechanical power replacing animal power and small farms consolidated into larger operations. Without these changes, which improved agricultural productivity exponentially, the agricultural industry would not have been able to support the country’s phenomenal growth in the first half of the twentieth century. As Minneapolis became a regional warehousing center in the late nineteenth century, wholesalers outgrew the warehouse district that had developed upstream from Bridge Square. Former mayor William Eustis promoted a new district to the south and had attracted some implement companies by the early twentieth century. The area’s reputation was stained, though, by Fish Alley on the south side of Washington Avenue between Park and Chicago Avenues. The alley led to a court surrounded by seedy buildings where crime and vice ran rampant. Construction of the Case building finally eradicated this threat to the up-and-coming warehouse district. Built as the growing city solidified its position as a regional commercial center, the Case building stands as a representation of that significant era
Red River Milling Co building
Red River Milling Company
May 18, 2021 Direct Link
Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County. Listed May 18, 2021. The Red River Milling Company is historically significant as a substantial business in Fergus Falls that first developed when flour milling emerged as an important local industry in the late-nineteenth century. Over the decades, the Red River Milling Company, and its subsequent owners, established local, regional, national, and at times international markets for its products, and maintained an important business presence into the modern era. The mill is also important as the only surviving flour mill in Fergus Falls, and, thus, remains the sole representative of this industry and its role in the community. Its location on the Red River of the North (Otter Tail River) recalls a bygone historic landscape when mills and other businesses crowded the riverbank, vying for waterpower, and creating a vibrant industrial scene. Its construction in 1915 represented the latest developments in mill design and operation. The mill’s reinforced concrete-construction and large windows contrasted with mills from an earlier era, including the Red River Milling Company’s own picturesque nineteenth-century mill, which featured frame construction and steep gable roofs. The modern fireproof mill was designed and constructed concurrently with the Atkinson Mill in Minneapolis, said to be the first reinforced concrete flour mill in the city, which at the time was the flour milling capital of the world. Additionally, the new mill included the latest technological improvements in milling equipment. The new mill also represents the transition within the milling industry from a dependence on waterpower to more reliable and practical alternatives. Designed from its inception to operate with either waterpower or electrical power, or a combination thereof, the mill illustrates this emerging trend to embrace more efficient sources of power.
Farmers Union Central Exchange Second HQ building exterior
Farmers Union Central Exchange Second Headquarters Building
May 18, 2021 Direct Link
South St. Paul, Dakota County. Listed May 18, 2021. Designed by Ellerbe Architects the building, constructed in 1957 with additions in 1963 and 1967, is an excellent example of the application of the Mid-Century Modern style to an office building. As stated in the nomination "The Second Headquarters Building exudes the Mid-Century Modern style in the vein of the more relaxed interpretations of Modernism which existed during the post-World War II era in the United States. Ellerbe Architects-designed building’s rectilinear form, flat roof, and façade, the latter with its smooth face; horizontal ribbon windows; absence of ornamentation; and the nod to pilotis, presents a nearly textbook International-style aesthetic. On the other hand, the building uses a warmer cladding, brick, in the façade, and on the north and south elevations, it eschews the International style’s tenet for avoidance of color in favor of a bold palette and geometric motif typical of broader Mid-Century Modern design, embracing a contemporary building material in the process."
Wayzata Section House exterior
Wayzata Section House
May 18, 2021 Direct Link
Wayzata, Hennepin County. Listed May 18, 2021. According to the nomination the building "embodies the distinctive characteristics of the iconic two-story section house constructed by the Great Northern Railway during the early twentieth century, including the typical evolution of the type during the first half of the twentieth century. Designed based on stock section house plans developed by the Great Northern Railway, the building housed section foremen and their families stationed in Wayzata from its construction in 1902 until 1962, when it was retired by the railroad and sold to a private owner." The property is related to the MPDF Railroads in Minnesota, 1862 – 1956.
Front external view of First Congregational Church
First Congregational Church, Winona
April 29, 2021 Direct Link
Winona, Winona County. Listed April 29, 2021. From the nomination: "In 1880, the construction of First Congregational Church of Winona, Minnesota, commenced. Its doors formally opened for worship at 161 West Broadway Street in 1882. Members of the original Congregational Church, first established in Winona in 1854, replaced their initial church building with this new and larger church. The Trustees hired nationally known architect William H. Willcox to design the new edifice at a cost of $38,000 dollars, including land and furnishings. Ananias Langdon, supervising architect, oversaw the completion of this 22,400 sq. ft. stone edifice. Architecturally, Willcox's First Congregational Church design embodies the style that represents the Gothic Revival style."
Front exterior view of Tinnes-Baker House
Tinnes-Baker House
April 26, 2021 Direct Link
Bird Island, Renville County. Listed April 26, 2021. The Tinnes-Baker House, constructed in 1910, is a unique adaptation of the Craftsman/Bungalow styles. According to the nomination the "The Tinnes-Baker house is an outstanding example of a significant architectural style, built by a man of modest means in a rural Minnesota town. It reflects the democratization of home construction in the early twentieth century – the embodiment of 'an ideal for the majority of Americans – the free-standing, single-family dwelling – an ideal that clings to us today.'"
Exterior view of Woodland Park Baptist Church St. Paul MN
Woodland Park Baptist Church
April 20, 2021 Direct Link
St. Paul, Ramsey County. Listed April 20, 2021. Woodland Park Baptist Church, located at 860 Laurel Avenue in St. Paul, was constructed in 1907. According to the nomination the Woodland Park Baptist Church is the "only church in St. Paul's Summit-University neighborhood, of any style or construction material, that utilizes the Akron Plan. The plan, which dominated design across the Protestant denominational spectrum from ca.1876-1918, features is a large open space surrounded by smaller classrooms on one or two levels opening onto a rotunda or auditorium by means of folding doors or sliding shutters. The philosophy central to the Akron Plan was that the Sunday school had a central role in spreading the Gospel, a notion that certainly fits with the church’s move into a developing neighborhood where the growing population provided an opportunity to educate an expanding congregation."
Feature image for St. Paul Casket Company
St. Paul Casket Company
April 12, 2021 Direct Link
St. Paul, Ramsey County. Listed April 12, 2021. The St. Paul Casket Company Building is locally significant as the home for almost thirty years of a large specialized manufacturing concern, the most important casket manufacturer in Saint Paul and one of the most important in Minnesota during that time. The building is a notable example of a 1920s industrial building designed as a multistory vertical urban factory with a prominent tower that embodies its type and method of construction. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Allen H. Stem with associate architect Roy H. Haslund and was built in 1922-1923. The company began operations in the building in 1923, remaining there until 1951.
Street view of a portion of the Montgomery Commercial Historic District
Montgomery Commercial Historic District
April 9, 2021 Direct Link
Montgomery, Le Sueur County. Listed April 9, 2021. The Montgomery Commercial Historic District centers on 1st Street between Vine Avenue E/W and Oak Avenue E/W, roughly bounded by 2nd Street West and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The historic district is comprised of 28 contributing resources and 12 noncontributing resources. The architecture is comprised largely of brick buildings in a simplified version of the Commercial Style. Montgomery’s commerce has been centered on agriculture throughout the city’s existence. During the period of the city’s development, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the downtown commercial district served as focus of nearly all business and political transactions, as well as many of the social and recreational activities. Generally, the streetscapes visible today reflect the decades of Montgomery's establishment and growth and are cohesive and many of the buildings continue display handsome architectural detailing.
External view of Cloquet High School
Cloquet High School
April 5, 2021 Direct Link
Cloquet, Carlton County. Listed April 5, 2021. Located at 509 Carlton Avenue in Cloquet, the Cloquet High School was constructed in 1921 and expanded in 1938, 1954, and 1958. At each stage of construction the city sought to provide the most state-of-the-art facility to their students. As such the property represents the various educational trends in Minnesota. The building has recently undergone a rehabilitation using the Historic Preservation Tax Incentives.
Rollingstone Village Hall Exterior
Rollingstone Village Hall
April 5, 2021 Direct Link
Rollingstone, Winona County. Listed April 5, 2021. The Rollingstone Village Hall, located at 98 Main Street, was Rollingstone’s only publicly-owned building between 1900 and 1962. During that time it functioned as the local governmental headquarters, its local court, its civil records repository, its jail, and its firehouse. It was also a tangible link to the Village’s Luxembourger roots and served the social and cultural needs of the residents.
Minnetonka Town Hall front view
Minnetonka Town Hall
March 15, 2021 Direct Link
Minnetonka, Hennepin County. Listed March 15, 2021. Constructed in 1906 at 13231 Minnetonka Drive, the building, according to the nomination, “has been an important community landmark for over three-questers of a century, symbolizing Minnetonka’s long-frustrated, but eventually successful, political aspirations for municipal status.” It is also a locally distinctive example of classical revival architecture.
Exterior view of the Degree of Honor Building
Degree of Honor Protective Association Building
March 5, 2021 Direct Link
St. Paul, Ramsey County. Listed March 5, 2021. The 1961 Degree of Honor Protective Association Building is located in downtown St. Paul. The Building served as the national headquarters of the Degree of Honor Protective Association, a women’s fraternal benefit society with member lodges throughout the country. According to the nomination, the Degree of Honor Protective Association was the “only women’s fraternal organization of the time to move from the position of an women’s auxiliary function to one that was financial and social independence.” As such, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its association with women’s history in the city.
Roselawn Chapel and Administration Building front exterior
Roselawn Chapel and Administration Building
January 19, 2021 Direct Link
Roseville, Ramsey County. Listed January 19, 2021. In the carefully designed concept of an “English village,” the 1904 Roselawn Chapel and Administration Building are significant for their distinctive Gothic and Elizabethan Revival styles, brought together as a distinguishable and significant entity. The design represents the work of noted Saint Paul architect Thomas G. Holyoke, working in consultation with the nationally recognized architect Cass Gilbert.
Exterior view of Hudson Manufacturing building
Hudson Manufacturing Company Factory
January 12, 2021 Direct Link
Hastings, Dakota County. Listed January 12, 2021. The Hudson Manufacturing Company Factory is a two-story, sprawling, brick industrial building located at 200 West Second Street is a two-story brick industrial building just west of the main commercial area in Hastings, Minnesota. The current factory building, constructed in 1914 with additions in 1921, 1927, 1946, housed the Hudson Manufacturing Company, which was one of the country’s largest twentieth-century manufacturers of agricultural equipment. Agricultural sprayers, the company’s signature product, was manufactured in the Hastings plant for over 95 years and distributed around the world.
School District 22 building
District No. 22 School
January 19, 2021 Direct Link
San Francisco Township, Carver County. Listed January 19, 2021. District No. 22 School, now San Francisco Township Hall, is located at 17380 Homestead Road in rural Carver County. The school served as the center of education for the area between 1917 and 1946. The role as social and civic center continues to the present. The school house is a distinct local example of one-room schoolhouse. Reflecting the community’s ingenuity and adaptation of a standard school design promoted by the state superintendent of public instruction.
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