National Register of Historic Places listings in Rock County, Minnesota

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Location of Rock County in Minnesota

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Rock County, Minnesota. It is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Rock 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 19 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county. A supplementary list includes two additional sites that were formerly on the National Register.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted September 7, 2018.[1]

History[edit]

Rock County's National Register properties reflect its role as an agricultural region, served by a few population centers connected to eastern markets by railroads. The first and largest community, Luverne, was established in 1867 and platted in 1872, a later start to settlement than most other parts of Minnesota. Rail lines were constructed in the 1870s and 80s, directly influencing the placement of most of the rest of Rock County's towns.[2]

The construction methods of Rock County's listings reveal the changing availability and fashion of building materials. The oldest structures were of wood framing. Increased investment is indicated by the use of brick, in such structures as the 1879 Pierce J. Kniss House and 1880 farmhouse at the Jacob Nuffer Farmstead. Then, from the 1890s to 1905, locally quarried Sioux Quartzite became briefly fashionable, but its extreme hardness soon quashed its appeal among builders.[2]

Current listings[edit]

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[3] Name on the Register Image Date listed[4] Location City or town Description
1 Blue Mounds State Park WPA/Rustic Style Historic Resources
Blue Mounds State Park WPA/Rustic Style Historic Resources
October 25, 1989
(#89001657)
Off U.S. Route 75 north of Luverne
43°43′02″N 96°11′21″W / 43.717316°N 96.189205°W / 43.717316; -96.189205 (Blue Mounds State Park WPA/Rustic Style Historic Resources)
Luverne vicinity Park facilities with five contributing properties built 1937–42, significant as examples of New Deal federal work relief, regional recreational development, and National Park Service rustic design using Sioux Quartzite.[5]
2 Bridge No. 1482
Bridge No. 1482
June 25, 1992
(#92000775)
Off U.S. Route 75 south of Luverne, Schoneman Park
43°37′30″N 96°12′42″W / 43.624873°N 96.211731°W / 43.624873; -96.211731 (Bridge No. 1482)
Luverne vicinity Rare Minnesota example of the early and uncommon king post style of steel truss bridge, built in 1908 by the Hewett Bridge Company. Nominated after being moved in 1990 from its original location on the Rock River.[6]
3 Bridge No. L-2162
Bridge No. L-2162
November 6, 1989
(#89001839)
County Road 51 over Split Rock Creek
43°46′46″N 96°25′56″W / 43.779495°N 96.432114°W / 43.779495; -96.432114 (Bridge No. L-2162)
Jasper vicinity c. 1907 example of an early rural reinforced-concrete arch bridge, of a distinctive vernacular design by prolific local bridge builder Perley N. Gillham. Further notable as Minnesota's longest reinforced concrete bridge built during the first decade of their use.[7]
4 Bridge No. L-2315 Upload image November 6, 1989
(#89001841)
Township Road 89 over the Rock River
43°33′21″N 96°09′11″W / 43.555924°N 96.152927°W / 43.555924; -96.152927 (Bridge No. L-2315)
Luverne vicinity c. 1901 example of an early rural reinforced-concrete arch bridge, of a distinctive vernacular design by prolific local bridge builder Perley N. Gillham.[8] Likely demolished (see talk page).
5 Bridge No. L-2316 Upload image November 6, 1989
(#89001843)
Township Road 89 over the Rock River
43°33′31″N 96°09′11″W / 43.558632°N 96.152927°W / 43.558632; -96.152927 (Bridge No. L-2316)
Luverne vicinity c. 1906 example of an early rural reinforced-concrete arch bridge, of a distinctive vernacular design by prolific local bridge builder Perley N. Gillham.[9] Likely demolished (see talk page).
6 Bridge No. L-4646
Bridge No. L-4646
November 6, 1989
(#89001844)
6th St. over Spring Brook
43°36′55″N 96°21′35″W / 43.615232°N 96.359818°W / 43.615232; -96.359818 (Bridge No. L-4646)
Beaver Creek 1911 example of an early rural reinforced-concrete arch bridge, of a distinctive vernacular design by prolific local bridge builder Perley N. Gillham.[10]
7 First National Bank of Beaver Creek
First National Bank of Beaver Creek
March 18, 1980
(#80002148)
1st Ave.
43°36′50″N 96°21′50″W / 43.613957°N 96.363844°W / 43.613957; -96.363844 (First National Bank of Beaver Creek)
Beaver Creek 1917 Classical Revival building with an unusually well-executed design for a small town bank. Also representative of local commercial developments.[11]
8 J.W. Gerber House
J.W. Gerber House
March 18, 1980
(#80002151)
324 W. Main St.
43°39′17″N 96°12′52″W / 43.654642°N 96.214348°W / 43.654642; -96.214348 (J.W. Gerber House)
Luverne 1901 Colonial Revival house of a successful local businessman and civic leader. Also noted as one of Rock County's finest examples of residential architecture.[12]
9 R.B. Hinkly House
R.B. Hinkly House
June 10, 1975
(#75001027)
217 N. Freeman Ave.
43°39′22″N 96°12′36″W / 43.656006°N 96.209984°W / 43.656006; -96.209984 (R.B. Hinkly House)
Luverne 1892 Queen Anne-styled house notable for its fine Sioux Quartzite construction and prescient incorporation of electrical, plumbing, and telephone amenities.[13] Now a house museum.[14]
10 Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
March 18, 1980
(#80002152)
N. Cedar and E. Luverne Streets
43°39′22″N 96°12′27″W / 43.656047°N 96.207623°W / 43.656047; -96.207623 (Holy Trinity Episcopal Church)
Luverne 1891 Gothic Revival church, a center of religious life in early Luverne that is also noted for its fine Sioux Quartzite construction.[15]
11 Jasper Stone Company and Quarry
Jasper Stone Company and Quarry
January 5, 1978
(#78001562)
Off Sherman Ave.
43°50′47″N 96°23′33″W / 43.846389°N 96.3925°W / 43.846389; -96.3925 (Jasper Stone Company and Quarry)
Jasper Quarry established c. 1890, an early regional source of Sioux Quartzite for construction, and since World War I a leading international producer of silicon dioxide for industrial abrasives.[16]
12 Kenneth School
Kenneth School
March 18, 1980
(#80002150)
230 W. 1st Ave.
43°45′15″N 96°04′28″W / 43.754196°N 96.074557°W / 43.754196; -96.074557 (Kenneth School)
Kenneth Only remaining example of Rock County's few two-story schools, built in 1901 very soon after Kenneth was founded.[17]
13 Pierce J. Kniss House
Pierce J. Kniss House
March 18, 1980
(#80002153)
209 N. Estey St.
43°39′21″N 96°12′43″W / 43.655816°N 96.211889°W / 43.655816; -96.211889 (Pierce J. Kniss House)
Luverne Exemplary Italian Villa style house built 1878–79 by notable local architect George Soutar and builder Joseph H. Jones, owned successively by Luverne co-founder and entrepreneur P.J. Kniss and judge P.E. Brown.[18]
14 Luverne Carnegie Library
Luverne Carnegie Library
March 18, 1980
(#80002154)
205 N. Freeman Ave.
43°39′20″N 96°12′36″W / 43.655497°N 96.209928°W / 43.655497; -96.209928 (Luverne Carnegie Library)
Luverne 1904 Carnegie library noted for its role in local education.[19] Now the Carnegie Cultural Center.[20]
15 Maplewood Chapel
Maplewood Chapel
March 18, 1980
(#80002155)
W. Warren St.
43°39′15″N 96°13′53″W / 43.654125°N 96.231451°W / 43.654125; -96.231451 (Maplewood Chapel)
Luverne Rare example of a cemetery chapel in southwestern Minnesota, built in Gothic Revival style in 1895.[21]
16 Jacob Nuffer Farmstead Upload image March 18, 1980
(#80002149)
County Roads 53 and 57
43°33′33″N 96°18′53″W / 43.559167°N 96.314722°W / 43.559167; -96.314722 (Jacob Nuffer Farmstead)
Hills vicinity Century Farm representing local settlement and agriculture, with five contributing properties built 1880s–1900, including an 1890 farmhouse additionally notable for its fine and locally unusual brick construction.[22]
17 Omaha Depot
Omaha Depot
March 18, 1980
(#80002156)
E. Fletcher St.
43°39′06″N 96°12′33″W / 43.651724°N 96.209035°W / 43.651724; -96.209035 (Omaha Depot)
Luverne 1913 railway station symbolizing the importance of railroads in Rock County's development.[23]
18 Palace Theater
Palace Theater
March 18, 1980
(#80002157)
Main St. and Freeman Ave.
43°39′15″N 96°12′34″W / 43.654029°N 96.209343°W / 43.654029; -96.209343 (Palace Theater)
Luverne 1915 movie theater significant for its elaborate Art Nouveau interior.[24]
19 Rock County Courthouse and Jail
Rock County Courthouse and Jail
April 18, 1977
(#77000769)
204 E. Brown
43°39′24″N 96°12′25″W / 43.656777°N 96.207055°W / 43.656777; -96.207055 (Rock County Courthouse and Jail)
Luverne Richardsonian Romanesque government buildings constructed 1887–1890, one of Minnesota's few remaining courthouse and jail complexes.[25]

Former listings[edit]

[3] Name on the Register Image Date listedDate removed Location City or town Summary
1 Close Brothers Land Company Tenant House Upload image March 18, 1980
(#80002147)
May 7, 1990 Co. Hwy. 5
Beaver Creek 1883 house representative of the hundreds of farmsteads developed and sold by a major southwest Minnesota land speculator along railroad land grants. Demolished in 1989 after being damaged by fire.[26]
2 Worthington and Sioux Falls Freight Depot Upload image March 18, 1980
(#80002158)
April 26, 1993 106 E Fletcher St
Luverne Rock County's first railway station, built in 1876.[2] Demolished in 1992.[27]

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 September 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Harvey, Thomas (November 1978). "Rock County Multiple Resource Area". United State Department of the Interior Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Anderson, Rolf T. (1988-08-31). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Blue Mounds State Park WPA/Rustic Style Historic Resources" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  6. ^ Roise, Charlene K.; Robert M. Hybben (September 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Bridge No. 1482" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  7. ^ Frame III, Robert M. (1988-08-15). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Bridge No. L-2162" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  8. ^ Frame III, Robert M. (1988-08-15). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Bridge No. L-2315" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  9. ^ Frame III, Robert M. (1988-08-15). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Bridge No. L-2316" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  10. ^ Frame III, Robert M. (1988-08-15). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Bridge No. L-4646" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  11. ^ Harvey, Thomas (1978-11-13). "Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form: First National Bank Of Beaver Creek" (PDF). Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  12. ^ Harvey, Thomas (1978-11-26). "Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form: J.W. Gerber House" (PDF). Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  13. ^ VanBrocklin, Lynne; Charles W. Nelson (1975-03-04). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form: Hinkly, R.B., House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  14. ^ "Hinkly House". City of Luverne. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  15. ^ Harvey, Thomas (November 1978). "Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form: Holy Trinity Church" (PDF). Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  16. ^ Nelson, Charles W.; Susan Zeik (1976-11-02). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form: Jasper Stone Company and Quarry" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  17. ^ Harvey, Thomas (November 1978). "Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form: Kenneth School" (PDF). Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  18. ^ Harvey, Thomas (November 1978). "Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form: Kniss House" (PDF). Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  19. ^ Harvey, Thomas (November 1978). "Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form: Luverne Library" (PDF). Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  20. ^ "Carnegie Cultural Center". Luverne Area Chamber & CVB. 2008. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  21. ^ Harvey, Thomas (November 1978). "Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form: Maplewood Chapel" (PDF). Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  22. ^ Harvey, Thomas (November 1978). "Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form: Nuffer Farmstead" (PDF). Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  23. ^ Harvey, Thomas (November 1978). "Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form: Omaha Depot" (PDF). Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  24. ^ Harvey, Thomas (November 1978). "Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form: Palace Theater" (PDF). Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  25. ^ Nelson, Charles W.; Susan Zeik (1976-11-02). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form: Rock County Courthouse and Jail" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  26. ^ El-Hai, Jack (2000). Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 0816635153. 
  27. ^ Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota: A Guide. St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87351-448-3. 

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