Fall Tour 2018

An Exploration of Northfield

Carleton College and Northfield

Saturday, October 13, 2018,  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Lyman Lakes Landscape (1918) by Morell and Nichols. Drawing courtesy Carleton College Archives

MNSAH’s Fall Tour features Carleton College and historic sites in Northfield. The tour was inspired by our late MNSAH member Jeff VanSchoick, who suggested we organize a tour of the Carleton College campus.

During the course of the day, a distinguished group of experts will serve as our guides and speakers, including Barbara Evans, MNSAH member and local historian, Tom Lamb, College Archivist at Carleton, Clifford Clark, Professor of History at Carleton, and Ross Elfline, MNSAH member and Associate Professor of Art History at Carleton.

Our day begins at the Northfield Depot, constructed in 1888-1889. We will tour the extensive restoration that is currently underway as a result of the efforts of Save the Northfield Depot, a group that was organized to save the building.

The tour then proceeds to Carleton College, which was founded in 1866. We will tour the oldest buildings on campus including Willis Hall (1866-1872), Scoville Memorial Library (1896), Goodsell Observatory (1887), and Skinner Memorial Chapel (1916).

We then shift our attention to the modernist buildings on campus. The first modern building was Boliou Hall (1949). We will also see a number of buildings designed by Minoru Yamasaki of Birmingham, Michigan, including the Olin Hall of Science (1961), the West Gymnasium (1964), Cowling Recreation Center (1965), and Watson Hall (1966).

We will also tour two landscapes on campus; Lyman Memorial Lakes a water-based landscape (1915-1918) designed by the landscape architectural firm of Morell and Nichols; and The Garden of Quiet Listening (1976) designed by David Slawson, which in 2000 was named one of the 10 highest-quality Japanese gardens outside of Japan.

Following lunch at Carleton’s renovated Weitz Center for Creativity, we will proceed to Northfield’s historic downtown. On the way, we will see the Nutting and Lord Houses, both on the National Register, as well as the Carnegie Library. As part of our downtown tour of the Northfield Historic District, which includes 69 buildings, we will visit the Nutting Block, and also receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the soon-to-open Reunion Restaurant, which is currently being renovated and will incorporate three historic buildings into an entertainment venue.

At our final stop, we will tour the State Bank (1910), an Egyptian Revival style building designed by Harry Wild Jones of Minneapolis. The owner will discuss the restoration of the building, which includes a stained-glass dome and original interior furnishings.

Following the tour, you’ll be perfectly positioned to choose from a number of locations along the Cannon River to relax and enjoy a libation!

Attendees must make their own arrangements to meet in Northfield. If you need assistance with transportation, contact Rolf Anderson at roanders6@aol.com or 612-824-7807.

We will meet and park at the Northfield Depot, located on 3rd Street West, just a short distance west of Highway 3, and behind the Quarterback Club restaurant.

From Highway 35W, proceed into Northfield on Highway 19; turn left, or north, onto Highway 3; proceed to the next intersection and turn left onto 3rd Street West; proceed a short distance and the depot will be on your right.

This is a bus tour with some lengthy walking segments. The tour will take place rain or shine so plan accordingly.


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