Center City Historic District

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Center City Historic District
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Center City Historic District is located in Minnesota
Center City Historic District
Center City Historic District is located in the United States
Center City Historic District
LocationSummit Ave., Center City, Minnesota
Coordinates45°23′39″N 92°49′0″W / 45.39417°N 92.81667°W / 45.39417; -92.81667Coordinates: 45°23′39″N 92°49′0″W / 45.39417°N 92.81667°W / 45.39417; -92.81667
Area9.4 acres (3.8 ha)
ArchitectCarlson, William
Architectural styleQueen Anne, Romanesque
MPSChisago County MRA
NRHP reference #80001996[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 21, 1980

Center City Historic District is a grouping of 19 homes and one church along Summit Avenue in Center City, Minnesota, United States.[2] It was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1] Center City became the county seat of Chisago County in the 1870s, during a time of Swedish migration and settlement in the county. The buildings in the historic district include the Chisago Lake Evangelical Lutheran Church, which was the main Swedish Lutheran parish in the area, as well as a number of residences built between 1888 and 1910. The homes have moderate ornamentation and attention to architectural styling details of their period.[3]

The Chisago Lake Evangelical Lutheran Church is the second-oldest Lutheran congregation in Minnesota. It was founded in 1854 by Eric Norelius, who founded several other Lutheran churches in Minnesota. Norelius was a divinity student and served for three months before returning to the seminary. A permanent pastor arrived in 1855, and a wood-frame church was built in 1856. A brick church was built in 1881–1883, but it was struck by lightning and burned in 1888. The congregation rebuilt the church immediately, using the masonry contractors as before. The bell was installed in the steeple in 1890, and a clock was installed in 1907.[4]

The Chisago Lake Evangelical Lutheran Church


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Bloomberg, Britta (January 1980). "Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form: Center City Historic District" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  3. ^ "Chisago County MRA". May 28, 1980. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  4. ^ Alan K. Lathrop (2003). Churches Of Minnesota: An Illustrated Guide. University of Minnesota Press. p. 21. ISBN 0816629099.