National Register of Historic Places listings in Douglas County, Minnesota

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Location of Douglas County in Minnesota

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Douglas County, Minnesota. It is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Douglas County, Minnesota, United States. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in an online map.

There are 14 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county. A supplementary list includes one additional site that was formerly listed on the National Register.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted June 16, 2017.[1]

Current listings[edit]

[2] Name on the Register Image Date listed[3] Location City or town Description
1 Alexandria Public Library
Alexandria Public Library
August 23, 1985
(#85001817)
7th Ave., W. and Fillmore St.
45°53′06″N 95°22′44″W / 45.885061°N 95.378811°W / 45.885061; -95.378811 (Alexandria Public Library)
Alexandria One of west-central Minnesota's largest Carnegie libraries, built in 1903 for a public institution established in the 1880s. Also noted for its Beaux-Arts architecture by Henry A. Foeller.[4]
2 Alexandria Residential Historic District
Alexandria Residential Historic District
January 11, 1991
(#90002120)
Roughly bounded by Cedar and Douglas Sts. and Lincoln and 12th Aves.
45°52′57″N 95°22′59″W / 45.882473°N 95.382995°W / 45.882473; -95.382995 (Alexandria Residential Historic District)
Alexandria Outstate Minnesota's largest and most intact late-19th/early-20th-century residential district, with 59 houses charting Alexandria's professional class and its architecture.[5]
3 Basswood Shores Site
Basswood Shores Site
April 8, 1994
(#94000338)
Address restricted[6]
Alexandria vicinity Briefly occupied Late Woodland period campsite yielding Sandy Lake Ware ceramics, the southernmost documented examples of a style associated with possible ancestors of the Dakota people.[7]
4 Brandon Auditorium and Fire Hall
Brandon Auditorium and Fire Hall
August 29, 1985
(#85001928)
105 Holmes Ave.
45°57′52″N 95°35′52″W / 45.964446°N 95.597864°W / 45.964446; -95.597864 (Brandon Auditorium and Fire Hall)
Brandon Unique municipal hall built 1935–36, Minnesota's most creative WPA construction project and a symbol of its dual success in generating jobs and public buildings.[8] Now the Brandon History Center.
5 Thomas F. Cowing House
Thomas F. Cowing House
August 23, 1985
(#85001821)
316 Jefferson St.
45°53′19″N 95°22′24″W / 45.88872°N 95.37343°W / 45.88872; -95.37343 (Thomas F. Cowing House)
Alexandria Regionally rare Gothic Revival cottage, one of Alexandria's oldest intact buildings, constructed c. 1875. Also associated with successive owners Thomas F. Cowing (1841–1916) and Gustave Kortsch (1850–1928), local merchants turned political and civic leaders.[9]
6 Douglas County Courthouse
Douglas County Courthouse
August 23, 1985
(#85001816)
320 7th Ave., W.
45°53′03″N 95°22′54″W / 45.884142°N 95.381643°W / 45.884142; -95.381643 (Douglas County Courthouse)
Alexandria 1895 courthouse designed by Buechner & Jacobson; Douglas County's largest surviving Victorian building and long-serving seat of government.[10]
7 Great Northern Passenger Depot
Great Northern Passenger Depot
August 15, 1985
(#85001760)
N. Broadway and Agnes Boulevard
45°53′30″N 95°22′44″W / 45.89167°N 95.378859°W / 45.89167; -95.378859 (Great Northern Passenger Depot)
Alexandria One of Minnesota's largest and most ornate stations on the Great Northern Railway, built in 1907. Also symbolic of the impact of the railroad on Alexandria and the local resort industry.[11] Now a restaurant.[12]
8 John B. Johnson House
John B. Johnson House
December 9, 1977
(#77000730)
U.S. Route 52
45°52′02″N 95°08′59″W / 45.867235°N 95.149611°W / 45.867235; -95.149611 (John B. Johnson House)
Osakis Unusual hexagonal house with plunging rooflines, built c. 1886 in hopes of withstanding high winds.[13]
9 Lake Carlos State Park WPA/Rustic Style Group Camp
Lake Carlos State Park WPA/Rustic Style Group Camp
July 2, 1992
(#92000776)
Off Minnesota Highway 29 on the northeastern shore of Lake Carlos
45°59′31″N 95°20′50″W / 45.991944°N 95.347222°W / 45.991944; -95.347222 (Lake Carlos State Park WPA/Rustic Style Group Camp)
Carlos vicinity Two park facilities built 1941–42, significant as examples of New Deal federal work relief, the development of Minnesota's state parks, and National Park Service rustic design.[14]
10 Lake Carlos State Park WPA/Rustic Style Historic District
Lake Carlos State Park WPA/Rustic Style Historic District
July 2, 1992
(#89001654)
Off Minnesota Highway 29 on the northwestern shore of Lake Carlos
45°59′43″N 95°20′41″W / 45.995278°N 95.344722°W / 45.995278; -95.344722 (Lake Carlos State Park WPA/Rustic Style Historic District)
Carlos vicinity Three park facilities built 1938–1942, significant as examples of New Deal federal work relief, the development of Minnesota's state parks, and split stone National Park Service rustic design.[15]
11 Knute Nelson House
Knute Nelson House
April 13, 1977
(#77000729)
1219 S. Nokomis St.
45°52′41″N 95°21′59″W / 45.878003°N 95.366494°W / 45.878003; -95.366494 (Knute Nelson House)
Alexandria 1872 house (remodeled in 1915) of pioneering Norwegian-American politician Knute Nelson (1843–1923), multiterm U.S. Representative, Governor of Minnesota, and U.S. Senator.[16] Now houses the Douglas County Historical Society.[17]
12 August Tonn Farmstead Upload image
September 25, 1985
(#85002485)
County Road 65
45°59′39″N 95°17′09″W / 45.994167°N 95.285833°W / 45.994167; -95.285833 (August Tonn Farmstead)
Carlos vicinity Rare, intact subsistence farm exhibiting pioneer log construction. Contains seven contributing properties built 1875–c. 1890.[18]
13 U.S. Post Office-Alexandria
U.S. Post Office-Alexandria
April 16, 1979
(#79001238)
625 Broadway St.
45°53′06″N 95°22′38″W / 45.884949°N 95.377319°W / 45.884949; -95.377319 (U.S. Post Office-Alexandria)
Alexandria 1910 Renaissance Revival post office, an example of pre-World War I government architecture and the manifestation of Alexandria's importance in the communication infrastructure of west-central Minnesota.[19]
14 Noah P. Ward House
Noah P. Ward House
August 23, 1985
(#85001822)
422 7th Ave., W.
45°53′04″N 95°23′00″W / 45.884515°N 95.383424°W / 45.884515; -95.383424 (Noah P. Ward House)
Alexandria One of Alexandria's largest and most sophisticated Victorian houses, built c. 1903 for early businessman and civic leader Noah P. Ward (1855–1927).[20] Also a contributing property to the Alexandria Residential Historic District.[5]

Former listings[edit]

[2] Name on the Register Image Date listed Date removed Location City or town Summary
1 Osakis Milling Company Upload image
July 2, 1986
(#86001407)
March 15, 1993
Lake Street and Central Avenue
Osakis 1887 flour mill. Demolished by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 1990 to make a public access point to Lake Osakis.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places: Weekly List Actions". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved on June 16, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Numbers represent an ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined here, differentiate National Historic Landmarks and historic districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects.
  3. ^ The eight-digit number below each date is the number assigned to each location in the National Register Information System database, which can be viewed by clicking the number.
  4. ^ Granger, Susan (January 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: Alexandria Public Library" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  5. ^ a b Granger, Susan; Scott Kelly (1989-09-30). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Alexandria Residential Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  6. ^ Federal and state laws and practices restrict general public access to information regarding the specific location of sensitive archeological sites in many instances. The main reasons for such restrictions include the potential for looting, vandalism, or trampling. See: Knoerl, John; Miller, Diane; Shrimpton, Rebecca H. (1990), Guidelines for Restricting Information about Historic and Prehistoric Resources, National Register Bulletin (29), National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, OCLC 20706997 .
  7. ^ Justin, Michael (March 1993). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Basswood Shores Site". National Park Service. 
  8. ^ Granger, Susan (July 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: Brandon Auditorium and Fire Hall" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  9. ^ Granger, Susan (January 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: Thomas F. Cowing House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  10. ^ Granger, Susan (February 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: Douglas County Courthouse" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  11. ^ Granger, Susan (September 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: Great Northern Passenger Depot" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  12. ^ "All Aboard!". Depot Express. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  13. ^ Zeik, Susan; Charles Nelson (1976-10-21). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form: Johnson, J.B., House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  14. ^ Anderson, Rolf T. (1992-04-16). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Lake Carlos State Park WPA/Rustic Style Group Camp" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  15. ^ Anderson, Rolf T. (1992-04-13). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Lake Carlos State Park WPA/Rustic Style Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  16. ^ VanBrocklin, Lynne (1976-08-28). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form: Nelson, Knute, House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  17. ^ "Our Story & Vision". Douglas County Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  18. ^ Granger, Susan (July 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: August Tonn Farmstead" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  19. ^ Nelson, Charles W.; Rich L. Mische (1978-07-27). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form: U.S. Post Office Building" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  20. ^ Granger, Susan (September 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: Noah P. Ward House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  21. ^ El-Hai, Jack (2000). Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 0816635153. 

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