Pipestone Indian School Superintendent's House

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Pipestone Indian School Superintendent's House
Pipestone Indian School Superintendent's House (Pipestone, MN).JPG
House in March, 2011.
Pipestone Indian School Superintendent's House is located in Minnesota
Pipestone Indian School Superintendent's House
Pipestone Indian School Superintendent's House is located in the US
Pipestone Indian School Superintendent's House
Location Off N. Hiawatha Ave., Pipestone, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°1′14″N 96°19′10″W / 44.02056°N 96.31944°W / 44.02056; -96.31944Coordinates: 44°1′14″N 96°19′10″W / 44.02056°N 96.31944°W / 44.02056; -96.31944
Area less than one acre
Built 1907
Architect Hafsos,R.K.
NRHP reference #

93000232

[1]
Added to NRHP April 05, 1993

The Pipestone Indian School Superintendent's House served as the home of the superintendent of the Pipestone Indian School from its construction in 1907 to the closure of the school in 1953. It then served as a private residence until 1983, and is now used for storage by the present owner, Minnesota West Community College.[2]

In 2006 the property was added to the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota as it was considered to be in immediate need of stabilization.[3]

The superintendent's house is the last of what was once a boarding school campus of more than 60 buildings, and one of only 11 built of red quartzite.[3] The Indian school was built under the auspices of the Dawes Severalty Act of 1887, which sought to assimilate Native Americans into mainstream American culture. Education was recognized by the federal government as a way to increase control over them while at the same time separating them from their cultural ties. Children from many parts of the Midwestern United States and from tribes including the Dakota, Oneida, Pottawatomie, Arikaree, Sac and Fox were brought to the school, often with strong objections from their parents. With changing government policies the school declined and was closed in 1953.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Pipestone Indian School Superintendent's House". National Register of Historic Places Pipestone, Minnesota Travel Itinerary. National Park Service. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Winn, Duanne (10 May 2006). "Superintendent's house placed on endangered places list". Pipestone County Star. Pipestone, Minnesota: Pipestone Publishing Company. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 

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