Old Main (Minnesota State University, Mankato)

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Old Main, Mankato State Teachers College
Old Main (Minnesota State University, Mankato) is located in Minnesota
Old Main (Minnesota State University, Mankato)
Old Main (Minnesota State University, Mankato) is located in the United States
Old Main (Minnesota State University, Mankato)
Location5th St., S. and Jackson St., Campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota
Coordinates44°9′43″N 94°0′2″W / 44.16194°N 94.00056°W / 44.16194; -94.00056Coordinates: 44°9′43″N 94°0′2″W / 44.16194°N 94.00056°W / 44.16194; -94.00056
Area5.5 acres (2.2 ha)
Built1908 (1908)
ArchitectJohnston, Clarence H.
NRHP reference #83000899[1]
Added to NRHPJune 2, 1983

Old Main is a historic academic building on the lower historic campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, Minnesota. Its main section, built in 1924, is dominated by a prominent Jacobethan tower, and is connected to an older 1908 building, now known as the Annex. It was built to replace the original old main (built 1870) also located in lower Mankato that was burned to the ground by a fire in 1922.[2] These structures are the oldest surviving buildings on the original valley campus, which was the first site of the state's second normal school. The state legislature provided funding in 1923 for the development of the site. The 1924 building was designed by Clarence H. Johnston, then the state architect.[3] It currently serves as a nursing home and clinical rotation site for nursing assistant programs in the area.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "City of Mankato Historic Context Study". City of Mankato Heritage Preservation Committee. Thomas Zahn and Associates LLC. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  3. ^ "NRHP nomination for Old Main, Mankato State Teachers College". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-11-13.