Project:Minnesota Pioneer House Project

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This project is part of the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Celebration.
This project is part of the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Celebration.
While not nearly as sexy as as their Victorian cousins, these houses built by early Minnesota settlers from the days when Minnesota was a territory and a young state are as historical if not even more so. These were houses built while most of Minnesota was still wilderness and finding skilled labor was difficult if not impossible, where sometimes if you wanted a shelter you had to build it yourself.

Help find and document the remaining pioneer houses built from before the end of the Civil War (1865). Many are known to local historians but many more are undocumented. To make matters worse city or county records often document these houses as being built when building records started begin kept, usually around the 1880s or 1890s.

Many left from that period are Greek Revival, the first true architectural style to achieve popularity in Minnesota. General characteristics of Greek Revival Style include corners defined by pilaster strips, which are corner boards in the shape of half-columns (often of the Greek Doric pattern); heavy friezeboards, trim boards under the eaves at the cornice level; full triangular pedimented gables similar to Greek temple triangles, principal entries with sidelights and transoms; and six-over-six pane double-hung windows with thin muntin divisions. Where a porch is present, the posts supporting the porch roofs are often in the form of classical columns. [1]

# Street Street suffix Direction City County Built
Alexander Faribault House, 12 Northeast 1st Avenue, Faribault, Minnesota 1212 1st Avenue NE Faribault Rice 1853
Banfill Tavern, 6666 East River Road, Fridley, Minnesota 66666,666 River Road E Fridley Anoka 1847
Bartholomew House, 6901 Lyndale Avenue South, Richfield, Minnesota 69016,901 Lyndale Avenue S Richfield, Minnesota Hennepin County, Minnesota 1852
Charles Chapman House, 418 McCauley, South Bend Township, Minnesota 418418 McCauley South Bend Township Blue Earth 1858
George Baslington Farmhouse, Goodhue County, Minnesota Pine Island Township Goodhue 1850
Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakota Life
James L. Lawther House, 927 West 3rd Street, Red Wing, Minnesota 927927 3rd Street W Red Wing Goodhue 1857
James P. Gail Farmhouse, Garden City Township, Minnesota Garden City Township Blue Earth 1857
Johann Schimmelpfennig Farmstead, Benton Township, Minnesota Benton Township Carver
MacDonald-Todd House, 309 West 7th Street, Hastings, Minnesota 309309 7th Street W Hastings Dakota County, Minnesota 1857
Munch-Roos House, 360 Bench Street, Taylors Falls, Minnesota 360360 Bench Street Taylors Falls Chisago 1853
Paul Munch House, Summer Street, Franconia Township, Minnesota Summer Street Franconia Township Chisago 1855
Shaw-Hammons House, 302 Fremont Street, Anoka, Minnesota 302302 Fremont Street Anoka Anoka 1852
Taylors Falls Public Library, 473 Bench Street, Taylors Falls, Minnesota 473473 Bench Street Taylors Falls Chisago 1854
Walker and Valentine House, 504 High Street, Rushford, Minnesota 504504 High Street Rushford Fillmore 1859
William G. Le Duc House, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings, Minnesota 16291,629 Vermillion Street Hastings Dakota County, Minnesota 1862
Woodbury House, 1632 Ferry Street South, Anoka, Minnesota 16321,632 Ferry Street S Anoka Anoka 1858


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