Old Frontenac, Minnesota: It's History and Architecture

Old Frontenac, Minnesota: It's History and Architecture

by Ken Allsen


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The entire village of Old Frontenac is snugly nestled on the National Register for Historic Places—a tribute to the frontier paradise cultivated under the patronage of the Garrard family. With the exception of the modern county road that serves the local residents, all the streets are still unpaved gravel. No streetlights or visible utilities mar the overall impression of an untouched early settlement. No commercial businesses are in the village. As we enter the twenty-first century, the nineteenth-century buildings of Old Frontenac remain virtually untouched by the heavy-handed development that has so recently decimated other historical areas. It is hoped that this little time capsule of Minnesota’s architectural history, occupied by preservation-minded owners, will survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596295070
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ken Allsen has had a life-long love affair with architecture and its history. He resides in Rochester, Minnesota, with his wife, Nancy.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgements 11

Part I A History of Frontenac

The Land (Before 1853) 15

Arrival of the Garrards (1854-1860) 22

Serving the Union (1861-1865) 29

The Pastoral Estate (1866-1872) 36

Two Frontenacs (1873 to the Present) 43

Part II The Buildings

Introduction to the Buildings 55

The Terrace Area 60

Frontenac Point 73

The Village 82

Churches 91

The Long Point Area 95

Frontenac Station 100

Notes 105

Bibliography 123

Photo Credits 125

About the Author 127

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