The full, interactive NRHP database is unavailable through September 1, 2015.
For now, you can use this temporary listing from the database. Note: This is not a fully interactive version. It is a long page listing all properties, organized by county, with links to property details.
If you need more information or assistance, please read on.
The Minnesota National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) database is undergoing maintenance this summer to replace underlying outmoded technology. As a result, the fully searchable, interactive database is temporarily unavailable. The new database is slated to appear Sept. 1, 2015. We regret the inconvenience.
If you need additional access to the material contained in the Minnesota NRHP database while it is down, please contact Thomas Cinadr, MNHS Heritage Preservation Office, 651-259-3453 or email@example.com for assistance.
What is the National Register of Historic Places?
More than 1,500 Minnesota listings, encompassing over 6,000 properties from all counties in the state, can be found on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), the nation's official list of properties deemed worthy of preservation. In Minnesota, the National Register program is administered by MNHS’s Heritage Preservation department.
How are properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places?
The process for listing a property on the National Register is rigorous. It begins with research to establish the property's significance. This information is recorded on a nomination form, reviewed by State Historic Preservation Office staff and presented to the Minnesota Historical Society's State Review Board, a volunteer group of citizens and professionals with expertise in history, architectural history, architecture, and archaeology. If the board concurs that the nominated property meets National Register criteria (See below), the nomination is sent to the State Historic Preservation Officer for signature and then to the Keeper of the Register at the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., for final review, approval, and placement on the National Register.
Where can I find more information about Minnesota properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places?
National Register files for Minnesota properties are located in the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at the Minnesota History Center. More information.
What is the best source of information about the National Register of Historic Places?
The searchable National Register database contains over 7,000 entries for Minnesota properties. The properties fall into two categories: approximately 1,500 that are individually listed on the Register and approximately 5,700 properties that are located within historic districts that are listed on the National Register. The database is updated with new listings or corrected or expanded data on a regular basis. All National Register determinations, including contributing/noncontributing status within historic districts, are subject to change. All National Register determinations, including contributing/noncontributing status within historic districts, are subject to change. The Statewide Inventory at the Minnesota Historic Preservation Office contains the only accurate and up-to-date information about all National Register listings.
Are the properties featured on this site open to the public?
Some of the properties are in public ownership or are administered as historic sites open to visitors. The majority, however, are privately owned and are not open to the public.
National Register Criteria
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's cultural resources worthy of preservation. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture and which possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association. The National Register criteria for evaluating the significance of properties were developed to recognize all people who made a contribution to the country's history. Cultural Resources are determined significant if they:
A) are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history;
B) are associated with the lives of significant persons;
C) embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or represent the work of a master; or possess high artistic values, or represent a significant concentration of resources whose individual components are united historically by function or plan; or
D) have yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history.
Ordinarily cemeteries, birthplaces, or graves of historical figures, properties owned by religious institutions or used for religious purposes, structures that have been moved from their original locations, reconstructed historical buildings, properties primarily commemorative in nature, and properties that have achieved significance within the past 50 years shall not be considered eligible for the National Register. However, such properties will qualify if they are integral parts of districts that do meet the criteria or if they fall within one of the following categories:
- A religious property deriving primary significance from architectural or artistic distinction or historical importance; or
- A building or structure removed from its original location but which is significant primarily for architectural value, or which is the surviving structure most importantly associated with a historic person or event; or
- A birthplace or grave of a historical figure of outstanding importance if there is no appropriate site or building directly associated with his/her productive life; or
- A cemetery that derives its primary significance from graves of persons of transcendent importance, from age, from distinctive design features, or from association with historic events; or
- A reconstructed building, when accurately executed in a suitable environment and presented in a dignified manner as part of a restoration master plan, and when no other building or structure with the same association has survived; or
- A property primarily commemorative in intent if design, age, tradition, or symbolic value has invested it with its own exceptional significance; or
- A property achieving significance within the past 50 years if it is of exceptional significance.