For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Kohn
(June 3, 2022, Red Wing, Minn.) – The Red Wing Heritage Preservation Commission presented multiple Awards of Merit for historic preservation projects around the community at the Goodhue County Historical Society on May 26.
The City of Red Wing and the Prairie Island Indian Community were recognized for the design and construction of the new welcome plaza at He Mni Can/Barn Bluff Regional Park. The recently completed plaza is the result of a multi-year collaborative effort between both parties. The new welcome plaza is graced by a sculpture/park identification sign that officially incorporates “He Mni Can” into the park’s name. “Storyteller” sculptures and signage tell the story of the bluff and its importance to Native American and Euro-American cultures, side by side. Bilingual text and Dakota language audio were incorporated in the signage. Colorful “columns of dialogue” use Native American patterns and artwork as a background for 42 interpretative panels.
In addition to the plaza, the project also involved improvements to the trail system on the bluff. Again, the City of Red Wing and Prairie Island Indian Community worked together to identify cultural resources on the bluff near existing trail segments or proposed trail alignments. This process led to the elimination and rerouting of several trails that either impacted, or potentially could impact, identified sites and led to the development of cultural resource training for trail repair crew members.
This project was financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society and the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment, with local matching funds from the City of Red Wing, the Evelyn Sweasy Charitable Trust Foundation, and Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant.
The following design team members were recognized for their efforts: Jacob Burgstahler, Project Manager for Stantec; Therese Huffman, Signature Design; Noah White III; Franky Jackson; Nicky Buck; Tori Campbell; Arthur Lockwood; Joey Taylor; Michelle Leise; Ron Seymour; Brian Peterson; Steve Kohn; Ron Rosenthal; and Shawn Blaney.
Doug Noreen and Liberty’s Restaurant and Lounge were presented an Award of Merit for the detailed reconstruction of a portion of the Italianate building that was destroyed in a 2020 due to a collapse caused by an automobile crash. Once it was determined that the building could be saved, the project architects and engineers went to work designing the project to meet current building codes while honoring the original appearance and decorative detailing. Although some original stone elements could be salvaged and reused, it was determined that new brick would be needed. A great deal of effort was put into finding a near perfect match for the brick. All original upper story window openings were reconstructed, and all of the new windows were designed to match the existing wood windows in the building.
The first level was reconstructed to its pre-accident form with only a minor change to the storefront at its unique 45-degree angle. In this location, two original cast iron columns that were covered by the storefront were pulled from the debris. Doug made the decision to include these original columns in the final design of the storefront, which resulted in the storefront stepping back slightly in this location from its most recent configuration but still consistent with the original storefront in this area.
Daniel Pollastrini, Pope Architects, was the lead architect on the project, Tekton Engineers provided structural engineering services, and Bauer Design Build served as the general contractor. Noreen, his project team, and the entire Noreen family are commended for their efforts in preserving this iconic structure in downtown Red Wing.
An Award of Merit was presented to Lynn and Charles Brown for the exterior restoration and porch reconstruction of their Gothic Revival style home at 827 West Third Street. The home is a contributing structure in the Red Wing West Residential Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the City of Red Wing’s West Residential Conservation District.
The house, historically known as the Brand-Warner House, was constructed ca. 1860 with a small addition added along the east side in 1938. The Browns lived in the house during the 1980s, sold it, and recently repurchased it. The recent exterior restoration included the removal of a contemporary porch on the front of the house that was in very poor condition, the construction of a new complementary porch, removal of aluminum siding, wood repair, and painting. The Browns decided to paint the house a dark brown after seeing the original dark-toned siding under the aluminum siding, which was removed. The project also revealed that the structure’s iconic “icicle” decorative detailing on the soffit was painted a dark brown at one time.
The Browns thanked their crew that worked on the project over the past two years, including Fred Lehmann, the lead carpenter who oversaw the project; Parker Electric; Glenn Klair plumbing; Lindus Construction – siding; Reichert and Sons – exterior painting; Master Painters – interior painting; Stu and Wayne Hammer – woodworking; Jody Anderson – kitchen; Fab-1 – railings; and Glenn Sonnentag – tree trimming.
Andrea and Chad Hanson received an Award of Merit for the adaptive reuse of the upper level of 215 Bush Street by adding four new residential apartments. The Late 19th Century Commercial Style building was constructed in 1883 and is historically known as the Busch Block. The four modern residential units were created in space that hadn’t been occupied since the 1940s and that lacked electricity and plumbing. The Hansons are recognized for their vision, investment, and efforts in repurposing the space and providing needed housing in downtown Red Wing. All four apartment units were occupied immediately. After the upstairs project was completed, they tackled the exterior of the building by removing the metal facade and awning and tuckpointing the exposed brick façade.
Congratulations to all the winners.