Spring Tour 2017

Mankato and Surrounds

Saturday, June 10, 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM

1st National Bank, photo courtesy Dick Kronick Terra cotta panel, 1st National Bank, photo courtesy Rolf Anderson Vetter Stone Company, photo courtesy Rolf Anderson Vetter Stone Company, photo courtesy Dick Kronick Hubbard House, photo courtesy Dick Kronick
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Terra cotta panel, 1st National Bank, photo courtesy Rolf Anderson

MNSAH’s Spring Tour features Mankato and sites and communities in the surrounding area. Our first stop will be Ottawa, a town with numerous buildings constructed with sandstone from nearby quarries. The next stop will be the Vetter Stone Company, which, since 1884, has supplied Kasota stone for buildings including Target Field, the AT&T building, and St. Olaf Catholic Church.

The tour proceeds to the Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato where we’ll have lunch and hear a talk about the history and architecture of the area. After lunch we’ll tour the Hubbard House, an 1871 French Second Empire residence with a later remodeling by Arts-and-Crafts era designer John Bradstreet. The next stop is the 1913 Prairie style First National Bank attributed to Ellerbe and Round, but with a (scandalous!) Purcell and Elmslie connection. The tour continues with a narrated drive through the downtown commercial district and the Lincoln Park historic residential district.

Next we shift our attention to mid-century modern design. We’ll tour a residence by James Kagermeier and then proceed to the city of Skyline, which includes an enclave of mid-century homes. Our final stop includes a tour of a 1962 stone residence built for a member of the Vetter family that was designed by Richard Rice.

WHERE: The bus will depart promptly at 8:00 a.m. from the parking lot at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409.

COST: $65 for MNSAH members; $80 for non-members; including lunch. (Initially we are opening this only to members, due to the constraints of bus transportation. As registrations come in we’ll re-evaluate.)

REGISTER BY: Monday, June 5, 2017 (extended deadline)

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All participants will be asked to sign a hold-harmless agreement prior to boarding the bus.

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