Midwestern Historic Sites

Old House Journal

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

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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.

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.

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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