Although it is a relatively young state, Minnesota is none-the-less blessed with an abundance of historic landmarks. Statewide more than 1,500 buildings, sites and districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each one, whether significant locally, nationally or even internationally, is an important element in defining their respective communities and contributing to our state’s quality of life.
The future for Minnesota’s historic properties was not so bright in 1981. Resources were being lost at an alarming rate and the state needed an organization that could advocate for their preservation. A group of concerned citizens created the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in September of that year to preserve, protect, and promote Minnesota’s historic resources. In 2006, the Alliance celebrated its 25th anniversary. Since its founding, the Alliance has been instrumental in creating a coalition of preservationists across the state, raising awareness of the need for preservation, and advocating for the preservation of our invaluable historic resources.
To celebration our 25th anniversary, the Alliance created Minnesota Saved!, an exhibit highlighting 25 of Minnesota’s most significant preservation stories. Each property had at some point in its history been threatened, but was saved by the dedication of citizens who prevailed over months and years with unwavering commitment and vision. The Minnesota Saved! exhibit was a series of 25 hanging banners, with each banner featuring a specific property. These banners, along with an accompanying brochure, traveled throughout the state for two years highlighting the saved properties and promoting the values of historic preservation.
In 2006, we were proud to celebrate these 25 properties, and today, we are happy to showcase these success stories, as well as offer our congratulations and thanks to those who have, are and will preserve Minnesota’s history.
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The 25 Minnesota Saved! properties are:
Androy Hotel – Hibbing
Bickle House – Glenwood
Butler Square – Minneapolis
Chateau Dodge Theatre – Rochester
Duluth Central High School – Duluth
Grain Belt Brewhouse – Minneapolis
Graystone Hotel – Detroit Lakes
Hermann Monument – New Ulm
Hotel Kaddatz – Fergus Falls
Landmark Center – Saint Paul
Lowertown Historic District – Saint Paul
Northern Pacific Depot – Little Falls
Odeon Theater – Belview
Pickwick Mill – Pickwick (Homer Township)
Pipestone Commercial Historic District – Pipestone
Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church – Minneapolis
Saint James Hotel – Red Wing
City of Saint Peter Tornado Recovery Effort – Saint Peter
Soo Line Depot – Thief River Falls
Stone Arch Bridge – Minneapolis
Olof Swensson Farmstead – Granite Falls Township
Universal Laboratories Building – Dassel
Washburn “A” Mill Complex – Minneapolis
West Hills – Owatonna
Winona County Courthouse – Winona
All photos are by Doug Ohman, Pioneer Photography