Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home

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Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home
Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home.jpg
The Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home from the south
Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home is located in Minnesota
Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home
Location 812 Sinclair Lewis Avenue, Sauk Centre, Minnesota
Coordinates 45°44′13.7″N 94°57′25.1″W / 45.737139°N 94.956972°W / 45.737139; -94.956972Coordinates: 45°44′13.7″N 94°57′25.1″W / 45.737139°N 94.956972°W / 45.737139; -94.956972
Area less than one acre
Built 1885[1]
Architectural style Wood Frame; cedar roof
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #


Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 23, 1968[2]
Designated NHL May 23, 1968

The Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home, located at 812 Sinclair Lewis Avenue, formerly South 3rd Street, Sauk Centre, Minnesota in the United States, was the childhood home of Nobel prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis, who was born February 7, 1885, in a house directly across the street. His most famous book, Main Street was inspired by his home town of Sauk Centre as he perceived it from this home, a simple 8-room frame structure.[4] His father, Edwin J. Lewis, was a physician and conducted his medical practice out of this house, as was common in that time.


  1. ^ "Historic American Buildings Survey". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". unofficial site. 2007-11-05. 
  4. ^ a b Stephen Lissandrello (August 5, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 3 images from 1975. PDF (876 KB)

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