O. E. Rolvaag House

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O. E. Rølvaag House
O. E. Rolvaag House is located in Minnesota
O. E. Rolvaag House
Location 311 Manitou St N
Northfield, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°27′47.54″N 93°10′20″W / 44.4632056°N 93.17222°W / 44.4632056; -93.17222Coordinates: 44°27′47.54″N 93°10′20″W / 44.4632056°N 93.17222°W / 44.4632056; -93.17222
Area less than one acre
Built 1912[2]
Architectural style Craftsman bungalow
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 69000078[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 4, 1969[1][3]
Designated NHL August 4, 1969[4]

The O. E. Rølvaag House was the home of Ole Edvart Rølvaag (1876-1931), Norwegian-American novelist and professor at St. Olaf College. The home is located at 311 Manitou Street in Northfield, Minnesota, United States. Rølvaag wrote most of his works in this house, which is near St. Olaf College, where he taught.

Rølvaag was the first novelist to describe the psychological cost of pioneering on the American frontier. Rølvaag's famous trilogy—Giants in the Earth (1927), Peder Victorious (1928), and Their Father's God (1931)—assesses the adjustments immigrant farmers had to make to prosper in the American Midwest.[2][4][5]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Historic American Buildings Survey". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". unofficial site. 2007-10-31. 
  4. ^ a b "O. E. Rolvaag House". National Historic Landmarks Program. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  5. ^ Stephen Lissandrello (September 26, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: O. E. Rolvaag House" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 3 images from 1975. PDF (927 KB)