MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
A newsletter on Preservation
State Historic Preservation Office
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
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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?
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?
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
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 www2.cr.nps.gov/tps/care.
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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
MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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
information call 651/296-5434. II, New Ulm.
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with the following credit line: Reprinted
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Preservation Planner, published by Frontenac vicinity. repair project, Milaca.
the Minnesota Historical Society, Vol. X1,
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
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.
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