Midwestern Historic Sites

Old House Journal

Guides to Midwestern historic towns, museums and home tours of classic Victorians, bungalows, and foursquares.

The shoreline and the town of Ephraim.

Exploring Door County, Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s sweetest vacation destination is a 75-mile-long peninsula that shelters Green Bay from the main body of Lake Michigan.

foursquare exterior

Tailoring a Foursquare

Built in 1905 in Minneapolis, a fine family home is restored and improved by its appreciative owners along with David Heide Design Studio.

Located on Lake Superior in far north Minnesota, North House Folk School is a haven for Northern crafts. Courses are offered year-round.

North House Folk School

North House Folk School is modeled on the Scandinavian folkeshoskole, developed in Denmark in the 19th century.

Located on Lake Superior in far north Minnesota, North House Folk School is a haven for Northern crafts. Courses are offered year-round.

Places to Go: North House Folk School in Minnesota

Against the spare beauty of Grand Marais harbor in northern Minnesota nestles a cluster of brilliantly colored buildings. The historic timber-frame structures hum with activity—boat building or woodcarving, basket weaving or fiber arts. In the central courtyard, noise rings out from a blacksmith’s shop, while an outdoor masonry oven scents the air with the yield of an artisanal bread-baking class. This is the North House Folk School.

“I feel lucky to live in such a special house and to be able to put my stamp on it," says resident Roddie Turner. "When I come home at the end of the day, the house just shimmers.”

Victorian Houses on St. Paul's Summit Avenue

Lined with 19th-century beauties, this landmark Minnesota boulevard is an illustrated dictionary of Victorian house styles.

The richly ornamented 1873 Kemper House displays a notable High Victorian front porch with paired columns and fancy gingerbread.

Victorian Houses of Indianapolis

An unexpected cache of Victorian beauties awaits visitors to Indianapolis, Indiana.

The kitchen in the Coffin House contains little more than a large cooking fireplace and a built-in cupboard for holding dishes.

5 House Museum Kitchens to Visit

When you're trying to replicate period details in your kitchen, house museums offer a wealth of sleuthing opportunities.

Minneapolis (shown) and St. Paul together make a metropolis flanking the Mississippi. (Photo: Chris Gregerson)

The Historic Side of Minneapolis & St. Paul

Minnesota’s Twin Cities are a historic travel destination.

The Boston Avenue Methodist Church is one of Tulsa's most beloved Art Deco icons.

Art Deco Architecture in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a hotbed of Art Deco architecture.

A typical South Minneapolis bungalow. Photo: Kristi Johnson

Saving Bungalows in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kristi Johnson couldn't believe her eyes when she read what neighbors had to say about the cozy bungalows in her corner of Minneapolis. Like residents of some 50 other areas in the city, they had developed a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan to identify strengths and shortcomings.

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