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Minneopa State Park
Descriptions of Selected Resources

Minnesota state parks contain a variety of historic properties. These images are representative of the Rustic Style historic resources built in Minnesota state parks.

Kitchen and Concession at Minneopa State Park Kitchen and Concession
Builder: WPA
Architect: O. Newstrom
Date: 1939

The principal portion of this T-shaped building is the 30' x 18' section tha contains a concession and kitchen shelter. A 12' x 14' projection to the rear contains a storage area. The walls are constructed with sandstone with the exception of the gabled areas, which are infilled with vertical siding, and the rear storage area. The rear storage features 4'5" stone walls with rough vertical siding above. The building is covered with an intersecting gable roof.

The east elevation contains two 8'-wide openings that are covered by bracketed canopies. One opening serves as a window area for the kitchen shelter while the other is a counter for the concession. The north facade also contains a 5' counter area for the concession. These openings may be closed with grooved shiplap shutters. The kitchen shelter contains four wood cook stoves; however, this area is now used for storage.

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Latrine at Minneopa State Park Latrine
Builder: WPA
Architect: H. Petersen
Date: l939

The Latrine is a 32' x 18' structure with an earth berm against the rear facade. The building is constructed with sandstone carried 4" below the finished grade and is covered with a gable roof. Each entry features unusual bell-shaped stone entrance screens covered with a finely detailed gable roof. The projecting gable roof is supported by bracketed posts that rise from the stone screens. Box beams, 8" x 12", are placed above the casement windows on the east and west facades and the gable areas above this point contain board and batten siding. 6" x 6" lookouts project from the gables.

Skylights were added in a 1958 remodeling and additional interior alterations were made in 1984. The original gable roof was covered with 24" x 1/2" cedar shingles staggered and with every fifth row doubled. More recently, however, the shingles have been replaced with asphalt.

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