THE MINNESOTA by jennyyingdi


									           THE MINNESOTA
              A newsletter on                            Preservation
           historic preservation
                  from the
     State Historic Preservation Office
                    of the
        Minnesota Historical Society

Winter 2000 (January)                                                                                                             Vol. XI, No. 1

  Shaping a Vision for the New Century:                                                                 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
           We Need Your Help                                                                          Feb. 15, 22, 29 & March 7:
                                                                                                      Compleat Scholar class: “The Evolution of
     Over the past several months, the                                                                the Midwest Farm,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.,
State Historic Preservation Office                                                                    Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg
(SHPO) has been hard at work revis-                                                                   Blvd. W., St. Paul. To register, call
ing Minnesota’s statewide Historic                                                                    612/624-8880. Minnesota farming has
Preservation Plan, last issued in 1995.                                                               changed dramatically in the past two
One of the challenges we face is that                                                                 decades. Explore the evolution of farming
the success of the plan will rest in                                                                  throughout the state’s history and contem-
large part on SHPO’s many “part-                                                                      porary farms and farmers through slide-
ners” who also have a stake in pre-                                                                   illustrated lectures presented by two
                                                                                                      University of Minnesota professors with
serving Minnesota’s historic
                                                                                                      extensive knowledge of agricultural geog-
resources and who will assist in its
                                                                                                      raphy and economics, John Fraser Hart
implementation. The plan we pro-
                                                                                                      and Philip M. Raup. Limited class size.
duce must be much more than a blue- The Little Falls planning meeting was held in the                 Fee: $84; $75.60 for persons age 62
print for the work of our office: It       Cass Gilbert-designed Northern Pacific Depot, a
                                                                                                      and older and MHS members.
must indeed be a statewide plan. To        National Register property. John Kuester, facilitator,
build a network of stakeholders that is standing to the left.                                         March 21: State Review Board meeting,
will ensure a statewide perspective,                                                                  7 p.m., Minnesota History Center, 345
                                                  preservation in the new millennium.
SHPO took the show on the road.                                                                       Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul. For agenda
                                                  After eight meetings and 24 hours of
     In October and November, we host-                                                                information, call Michele Decker at
                                                  thoughtful and lively discussion, we                651/296-5434.
ed a series of eight facilitated planning         learned a great deal and gleaned very use-
meetings across the state. More than 120          ful and sometimes surprising insights.              April 11: Grants Review Committee
stakeholders participated in the process.              Some preliminary observations are in           Meeting, Minnesota History Center, 345
The range of participants was diverse: It         order in this, our first newsletter of the          Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul. For details call
included state legislators, city council          new year. While each meeting was dis-               Mandy Skypala, 651/296-5478.
members and staff and county commis-              tinct from the others and some regional             April 15: Minnesota Barn Preservation
sioners; members of heritage preservation         variations were evident, several com-               Workshop, Historic Valley Grove
commissions, Indian tribes and Tribal             pelling themes were heard time and again.           Churches (located on Rice County 29,
Historic Preservation Offices, county             The broad goals adopted in the 1995 plan            two miles northwest of Nerstrand). All
and local historical societies, funding           continue to be relevant, but new strate-            day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Cost: $30,
organizations, tourism and economic               gies and direction are needed for more              includes lunch and bus tour. Barn owners,
development organizations, and state and          effective implementation. There was con-            agricultural historians and preservationists
federal agencies; owners and developers           sensus that, although public awareness              can acquire information about the history
of historic properties, architects, historic      about preservation has increased notice-            of barns, technical issues, construction
preservation professionals, educators and         ably in recent years, more work is still            techniques and rehabilitation resources.
interested citizens.                              needed, especially in educating public              Classroom and field sessions include
     Participants were asked to respond to        decision makers. The value of visible               keynote address by Barn Again! founder
five questions (listed on p. 2) as a way to                                                           Mary Humstone; slide tour of Minnesota’s
                                                  local preservation projects as catalysts for
measure how effectively the goals of the                                                              Historic Barns by National Register
                                                  this awareness was underscored, as was
1995 plan have been addressed and to                                                                  Historian Susan Roth; a discussion of help
                                                  increased media attention to local preser-
begin to shape a new vision for historic
                                                                                Continued on page 2                              Continued on page 2
                                                             Planning: Help Needed
    CALENDAR OF EVENTS                                       Continued from page 1

available through the Federal Rehabilitation         vation issues, both positive and negative.          The feedback we obtained is being
Tax Credit Program, by Mark Primoli,                 Common themes included the impor-              summarized and will be incorporated in
Internal Revenue Service; and a timber-              tance of connections between economics         the draft plan to be circulated for com-
framing demonstration by master builder              and historic preservation, and of expand-      ment in March; the final revised plan will
Peter McKinnon. Bus tour of historic barns           ing funding opportunities and other            be issued in September 2000.
in the Nerstrand area with a stop at                 incentives to encourage preservation.               There’s still time for your input as the
Thorstein Veblen Farmstead, one of
                                                     One message that our office heard very         plan is being shaped, but remember: This
Minnesota’s 21 National Historic
                                                     clearly, especially in Greater Minnesota,      is a statewide historic preservation plan in
Landmarks. Co-sponsored by SHPO and
                                                     was the importance of SHPO’s strong            the making. Your help will be needed
the University of Minnesota Extension
Service. For more information, call John             field presence and its technical and finan-    even more in the years ahead if we are to
Lauber, SHPO, 651/297-4418.                          cial assistance. Our challenge will be to      be successful in implementing the plan.
                                                     find ways to expand this work.
April 22: State Capitol Architecture                                                                — Britta L. Bloomberg, Deputy SHPO
Tour, 1:30 p.m., State Capitol. To register
call 651/296-2881. One of the most
spectacular buildings in the Midwest, the
State Capitol is alive with stories of art,                     Questions Used to Guide Discussion in the
history, power, politics and public ser-
vice. Marvel at architect Cass Gilbert’s
                                                                        Statewide Plan Meetings
1905 masterpiece, and learn about his
role in selecting the decorations, artwork              1. During the past five years, how has community awareness of the value and impor-
and even the furnishings. Learn about the                  tance of historic and cultural resources changed in your region of the state? What
details and effort that went into the con-                 should be done during the next five years to raise community awareness in your
struction of this Italian Renaissance style                region of the value of these resources?
building using modern-day construction
techniques. Reservations required. Fee:                 2. During the past five years, how well have community decision makers addressed
$5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3                  local preservation concerns? What should be done during the next five years to
for children ages 6-15; $1 discount for                    assist local decision makers to address historic preservation issues effectively?
MHS members.
                                                        3. Who do you think are the players in the statewide preservation network? Who is
                                                           missing? What should be done during the next five years to strengthen the his-
          GRANTS DEADLINES                                 toric preservation network throughout the state?
            WINTER 2000
                                                        4. During the past five years, what have been the most effective incentives to encour-
Jan. 21: Pre-application deadline for
                                                           age historic preservation? During the next five years, what should be done to
CLG grants.
                                                           develop incentives that encourage historic preservation?
Feb. 25: Final deadline for CLG grant
applications.                                           5. Based on what you know about SHPO, what is the single most valuable service it
                                                           provides? Why do you feel this way? What is the single most important initiative
April 11: Grants Review Committee
                                                           SHPO should undertake during the next five years? Why do you feel this way?

                                  Caring for Your Historic Building?
     Then be sure to check out a new web site from the National Park Service. For more than 25 years, Technical Preservation
Services (TPS) has helped homeowners, preservation professionals, organizations and government agencies by publishing easy-to-
read guidance on preserving, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings. Now, TPS announces a new web site devoted to all
aspects of caring for historic buildings—from choosing an appropriate treatment to actually “doing” the work in a way that meets
historic preservation standards.
     Use the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation, read the classic Preservation Briefs, take interac-
tive web classes, such as Electronic Rehab and The Walk Through, and enjoy other new products, such as the Boilerplate YESs and
NOs! The web address is

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                  Successful Reuse Study for Winsted City Hall
    A highly successful reuse study of      incorporating city and township govern-                    tions focused on correction of structural
the Winsted City Hall was recently com-     ment offices, a public library, and a meet-                problems, redesign of interior spaces to
pleted under a cooperative agreement        ing space for various social service orga-                 accommodate diverse functions, and
between the State Historic Preservation     nizations. Infrastructure recommenda-                      compliance with the Americans with
Office (SHPO) and the City of                                                                               Disabilities Act.

                                                                                                        SHPO file photo
Winsted in McLeod County.                                                                                       The City of Winsted recently
Constructed in 1896, the Winsted                                                                            applied for and received funds from
City Hall is a two-story brick Queen                                                                        the Minnesota Historical Society’s
Anne style building located in the                                                                          state bond-funded County and
heart of downtown Winsted. The                                                                              Local Preservation Project Grants-
building was vacated in 1998 due to                                                                         in-Aid program to rehabilitate the
structural deterioration and environ-                                                                       building in part for the library.
mental concerns.                                                                                                SHPO helps sponsor reuse stud-
    The study concluded that the                                                                            ies that examine potential uses for
City Hall could be rehabilitated for                                                                        threatened historic properties each
continued public use. Potential new                                                                         year. For more information, call
uses identified during the reuse study                                                                      John Lauber at 651/297-4418 or
included a community service facility The Winsted City Hall as it appeared when it was listed               Charles Nelson at 651/296-5475.
                                          in the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

                 Recent Additions to the National Register of Historic Places
Polk County: Sorlie Memorial Bridge, Demers Ave. over the Red River, East Grand Forks. Prepared by Mark Hufstetler.
Red Lake County: Clearwater Evangelical Lutheran Church, off Co. Hwy. 10 near Oklee. Prepared by David C. Anderson.
Winona County: Winona City Hall, 207 Lafayette St., Winona. Prepared by Christine Curran.
                                                                    SHPO file photo

                                                                                                                                                     SHPO file photo

Constructed in 1939, the Winona City             The Sorlie Memorial Bridge (right) was built in 1929 as a joint project between the North
Hall (left) represents the efforts of the        Dakota Highway Department and the Minnesota Department of Highways. The bridge,
Public Works Administration (PWA), one           which was built in part with federal aid (Bureau of Public Roads funds), was among the
of numerous Depression-era federal relief        first interurban projects in the country that used money from that source. The most note-
programs that helped stimulate construc-         worthy feature of the bridge is its expansion-bearing system. Frames of wheels on pairs of
tion activity in the public sector. The City     track castings serve as mobile expansion bearings, located under the bridge where it
Hall is also a good example of the               meets the riverbank. They enable the bridge to compensate for motion caused by unsta-
Classical Moderne style, as can be seen in       ble ground. The clay composition of the river banks at this location on the Red River
its rectangular, box-like form, smooth           meant that standard abutment design could not be used. As a result, the innovative
concrete and brick exterior walls, and its       expansion bearings were manufactured and used. The photograph above, taken in April,
aluminum trim and streamlined moldings.          1996, shows how close the Red River came to the bridge’s roadbed.

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                                                                 State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Awards
                                                                             Fiscal Year 2000 • Fall Grant Cycle
The Minnesota Preservation                                                                   Listed by County
Planner is published and distributed in
January, April, July and October by the                    Beltrami                                     McLeod
State Historic Preservation Office of the                  Beltrami County, $20,000 for the             City of Winsted, $50,000 for the Winsted
Minnesota Historical Society. Information                  Beltrami County Courthouse east              City Hall restoration, Winsted.
for each issue should be received by the                   entrance restoration, Bemidji.
editor no later than one month before the                                                               Meeker
publication date at the Minnesota                                                                       City of Dassel, $39,273 for the Universal
                                                           City of New Ulm, $75,000 for the
Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W.,                                                               Laboratories Building restoration, phase
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906. For further
                                                           Hermann Monument restoration, phase
                                                                                                        VI, Dassel.
information call 651/296-5434.                             II, New Ulm.
                                                           Goodhue                                      Mille Lacs
    Material from this issue may be reprinted
                                                           Friends of Florence Town Hall, $11,042       City of Milaca, $12,125 for the Milaca
    with the following credit line: Reprinted
    with permission from the Minnesota                     for the Florence Town Hall restoration,      City Hall window replacement and stone
    Preservation Planner, published by                     Frontenac vicinity.                          repair project, Milaca.
    the Minnesota Historical Society, Vol. X1,
                                                           Hennepin                                     Nobles
    No. 1, Winter 2000. Do not reprint mate-
                                                              City of Eden Prairie, $30,500 for         Adrian Housing and Redevelopment
    rial that has been reprinted from some
                                                              replacing the roof of the Glen Lake       Authority, $19,044 for the Slade Hotel
    other source.
                                                              Children’s Camp dining hall and           window replacement project, Adrian.
Upon request, this publication can be
                                                              dorm, Eden Prairie.
made available in alternative formats:                         Minneapolis Water Works, $50,000         Pipestone
audiotape, large print or computer disk.                       for the Washburn Park Water Tower        Pipestone County, $17,522 for the L.H.
Unless otherwise noted, photographic                           restoration, Minneapolis.                Soldier Memorial Monument restoration,
images in the Planner are from the State                                                                Pipestone.
Historic Preservation Office, Minnesota                    Koochiching
Historical Society.                                        Koochiching County, $50,000 for the          Redwood
                                                           Koochiching County Courthouse roof           City of Belview, $14,370 for the Odeon
      This newsletter has been financed in part
      with federal funds from the National Park            replacement project, International Falls.    Theater interior restoration, Belview.
      Service, U.S. Department of the Interior,
      through the Minnesota Historical Society             Mahnomen
      under the provisions of the national Historic        City of Mahnomen, $42,000 for the            St. Louis
      Preservation Act as amended. However, the            Mahomen City Hall heating installation,      University of Minnesota-Glensheen,
      contents and opinions do not necessarily             roof restoration and tuckpointing project,   $42,500 for the Chester and Clara
      reflect the views or policies of the                                                              Congdon Estate ceiling restoration,
      Department of the Interior, nor does the             Mahnomen.
      mention of trade names or commercial
      products constitute endorsement or recom-
      mendations by the Department of the
      Regulations of the U.S. Department of the                                                                                  Organization
      Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination                                                                         U.S. Postage
      in departmental federally assisted programs              MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
      on the basis of race, color, national origin,             345 KELLOGG BOULEVARD WEST
      age or disability. Any person who believes                                                                                 St. Paul, MN
                                                             SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA 55102-1906                                   Permit No. 854
      he or she has been discriminated against in
      any program, activity or facility operated
      by a recipient of federal assistance should
      write to: Director, Equal Opportunity
      Program, U.S. Department of the Interior,
      National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127,
      Washington, D.C. 20013-7127

Britta Bloomberg, Editor
Michael Koop, Assistant Editor
James Smith, Assistant Editor

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