Minnesota Home School for Girls, Sauk Centre, Minnesota

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Minnesota Home School for Girls

Location of Site: Off MN State Highway 302
Sauk Centre, Minnesota
Stearns County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year Established: 1911
Year Ended: 1999
Historic Function: Correctional Facility
Notes: Architect: Clarence H. Johnston, Sr. This site encompasses 830 acres, 18 buildings and 1 structure.

Sauk Centre Stearns County

Minnesota Home School for Girls, Sauk Centre, Minnesota
(45.7495268° N, 94.9463149° WLatitude: 45°44′58.296″N
Longitude: 94°56′46.734″W
National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference Number: 88003090
Reference URL: [Reference]
Certification date: January 19, 1989
Level of significance: State

The Sauk Centre Home School for Girls was established in 1907 by an act of the legislature as the State Industrial School for Girls, to provide for the care, training, and education of girls who had been declared delinquent and committed by the courts [1]. The school was built on a site in Sauk Centre, Stearns County and opened in 1911 as the Minnesota Home School for Girls [1]. Architect Clarence H. Johnston, Sr. incorporated Colonial and Classical Revival elements into the buildings. The school facility then included an administration building, hospital, chapel, pumping plant, farm building, and cottages to house 160 girls

Girls who had been inmates at the State Training School for Boys, later the Red Wing State Training School, were transferred to the facility. All of the policies of the State Training School in Red Wing relating to inmate commitment, education, training, and general operations [Laws 1895 c153], were applied to the Home School for Girls as well. Girls were committed when convicted by the court of any crime, except that of murder, which was punishable by imprisonment. Entering inmates ranged in age from eight to sixteen years, and remained at the school until they reached age twenty-one, or were discharged. Girls received common school education and instruction in sewing, cooking, laundering, general housework skills, and farming.

In 1951, a temporary residence for the care of severely retarded children (the Sauk Centre Home for Children) was established at the Home School for Girls[1]. It occupied three cottages on the site, and salaries and maintenance costs were divided between the Home School for Girls and the Home for Children.


Site History

Established as the State Industrial School for Girls in 1907. Four years later, a permanent facility was constructed and renamed the Minnesota Home School for Girls. In 1959, the commission and the school became part of the newly created Corrections Department, under its Youth Conservation Division. The school was placed under the direct management of a superintendent responsible to the Corrections Board [Minn. Stat. c242]. In 1967, it changed its name to the Minnesota Home School and expanded its programs to include some delinquent boys. The school became the Minnesota Correctional Facility--Sauk Centre, in 1979, serving as a reception, diagnostic, and treatment center for male and female juvenile offenders between the ages of twelve and eighteen years from the western region of the state. The school was closed on July 1, 1999, with all residents being transferred to other facilities. On January 1, 2000, responsibility for operating and maintaining the land and buildings was transfered to the Commissioner of Administration [1].

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