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Continued: 4 Minnesota buildings heading for historic designation

  • Article by: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 19, 2014 - 10:49 PM

When built: About 1852

Architecture: Greek Revival

Why it made the cut: Built in Point Douglas, now a ghost town where the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers meet, the little wooden building nestled in a hillside served as a school until 1946.

That’s interesting: The building typifies the kind of one-room schoolhouses scattered across rural America that were nearly identical in appearance. Since the single teacher’s voice could travel 40 feet, that dictated the size of the building.

What’s next: The Denmark Township Historical Society bought the building in 2012 with hopes of restoring it; the listing opens up access to grant money to help.


Where: Pine Island, in southeast Goodhue County

When built: About 1903

Architecture: Victorian/Queen Anne

Why it made the cut: The home of Jacob and Mary Finn Bringgold is a notable example of the picturesque style of Queen Anne architecture, which also showed off the owner’s wealth with large plate-glass windows that had come into fashion in the late 19th century. The house is among a treasure trove of historic homes and buildings in Pine Island.

That’s interesting: The Bringgolds lived in the house for more than 30 years. Jacob Bringgold was a prosperous farmer and a bank president and served several terms as mayor.

What’s next: It’s a private home and expected to remain so.

Jim Anderson


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