4 Minnesota buildings likely to be added to national historic register


Four Minnesota buildings, including two in the Twin Cities, are likely headed for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

The State Review Board was set for a final vote on the nominations Tuesday, but a winter storm kept some members away, the Star Tribune says. Without full attendance, the board voted unanimously to put all four sites on the register, but the results aren't official. Plans are to either gather the other votes separately or wait until the next meeting in May to make it official, the Star Tribune says.

Being listed on the national register can make it easier to protect and preserve a property. It's the first step toward eligibility for National Parks Service-administered federal preservation tax credits, which have leveraged more than $45 billion in investments to preserve historic buildings, the National Parks Service says.

There are more than 80,000 properties listed in the National Register, according to the National Parks Service, which runs the National Register of Historic Places. Of those, there are more than 1,500 Minnesota listings deemed worthy of preservation, according to the Minnesota Historical Society.

The review board looks at the age, integrity and significance of the property before designating it a historic place. After the State Review Board nominates a property, they send the registration forms to the National Register of Historical Places, which will conduct a similar review process and either reject the property, ask for more information or list the property, the National Register of Historic Places says.

Here's a look at the 2014 Minnesota nominations:

Jacob A. and Mary Finn Bringgold House – Pine Island, Goodhue County

The Queen Anne-style residence was completed circa 1903. The well-preserved home is fanciful, but not gaudy and is a distinctive example of Victorian architecture, according to the National Register of Historic Places registration form. View more photos of the home, here.

District No. 34 School –Denmark Township, Washington County

The one-story, gable-roofed Greek Revival style building was built around 1852. It served continuously as a school from 1852 to 1946. It is 34-feet by 24-feet and rests on a limestone and concrete block foundation. A pair of gable-roofed, wood-framed outhouse are just west of the school. The inside of the building retains historical significance and details including slate boards and a pressed metal ceiling. The building is slightly deteriorating, but maintains a high level of historic integrity, according to the historical registration form. Viewer more photos of the school, here.

The Denmark Township Historical Society purchased the building in 2012 and hopes to restore it. If the building gets a historical designation, it will be eligible for grant money, the Star Tribune says.

United States Post Office and Custom House – St. Paul, Ramsey County

The property includes a 17-story Art Deco-style building with stepped tower (built in 1934 with a four-story addition in 1939) and a large six-story annex (built between 1961 and 1963). Both the main building and annex feature dark gray granite bases with upper floors clad in Kasota limestone. The building retains good exterior integrity with no major additions or alterations. The United States Postal Service owned and operated the building until 2013, according to the historical registration form. View more photos, here.

Last year, developer Jim Stolpestad bought the building and hopes to convert it into apartments, according to the Star Tribune.

Lake Harriet Methodist Episcopal Church – Minneapolis, Hennepin County

The church was designed and built in 1916 and is a focal point of the Linden Hills neighborhood. The two-story building is clad in brick and built above a partially-exposed basement. The church is a focal point of the community with its Classical Revival architecture built in the Ionic order, according to the historical registration form. View more photos, here.

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