Alexander Faribault House, 12 Northeast 1st Avenue, Faribault, Minnesota

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Alexander Faribault House

Address: 12 1st Avenue NE
Faribault, Minnesota
Rice County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1853
Primary Style: Greek Revival
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Historic Function: Civic center, Church
Other Historic Function: Civic center, Church
Current Function: Museum
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Wood

Faribault Rice County

Alexander Faribault House, 12 Northeast 1st Avenue, Faribault, Minnesota
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National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference Number: 70000309
Reference URL: [Reference]
Certification date: September 22, 1970
Level of significance: State
Primary Style: Greek Revival

County’s first frame residence, a Greek Revival dwelling built in 1853 by fur trader Faribault; also served as a civic center, polling place, and church.



One of the earliest frame houses built in the state, this Greek Revival dwelling, with its formal plan and symmetrical massing, suggests the dignified manner in which Alexander Faribault conducted both his business and his personal life. Born to a renowned family of explorers and fur traders, Faribault gave freely to the churches in the town he founded and forged harmonious relationships with the American Indians of Rice County. Faribault’s two-story house – which also served as a conference center, polling place and church – was partially rebuilt in 1945 by the Rice County Historical Society to serve as a monument to his generous spirit.[1]

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