Sinclair Lewis’ lasting impact on Minnesota is still visible today

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LOCATION

 

CLIENT

OWNER

CONSTRUCTED

PROJECT DATE

PROJECT SCOPE

Sauk Centre, MN

Studio E Architects

Sinclair Lewis Foundation

1873-1874, 1888-1889

2016

Historical research, evaluation of historic significance

A Historic Structure Report (HSR) ensures that a museum will continue to be a resource for Minnesota and the legacy of Sinclair Lewis.

CHALLENGE

The Sinclair Lewis Foundation purchased the home and carriage house in 1966, and the site was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark in 1968. The house was re-opened as a museum in 1970, and continues to operate as one. By 2016, planning and cost estimates were needed for the ongoing stewardship of the museum and site.

 

SUCCESS

Historic Structure Reports (HSR) are foundational planning tools for the long-term planning, maintenance, and improvement of a historic site. The National Park Service provides detailed guidance in Preservation Brief 43 for the contents of the report. New History worked with Studio E architects to provide the historical research, evaluation of historic significance, and collections review for the house. The report includes recommendations for future work, along with cost estimates and a phasing plan.