My home away from home. If I'm not hanging out in Northfield, the best place to look for me is the Rice County Courthouse. Oftentimes, teaching the prosecutors a thing or two about the practice of law or befuddling the rookie lawyers with a gruffness that must be seen to be believed or just gossiping with the court personel and other seasoned practitioners.
The exterior of the courthouse looks fairly impressive in this photo. However, the interior is a shambles. The county commissioners are devoted to the ideal of "not one red cent" in response to any request for a refurbishing of the facilities.
This cathedral (we can be a little pretentious in small town America) is purported to be the very first Episcopal cathedral built in the United States. The cornerstone was laid in 1862. Originally , it was something of a mission church seeking for converts among the Native Americans. Nowadays it just serves the wasps of Faribault. Constructed with blue limestone.
I have never been to a town which has more odd old houses than Faribault. This is the first in a series of "Funky Houses of Faribault". This place is an old Victorian that has been resided with varnished wood. I've nnot seen another house like it anywhere. Have you?
The town's founder (some guy by the name of Faribault) was a trader and apparently got on well with the Native Americans in the area. This monument which is a fountain in the summertime, shows the good will which supposedly existed between the Faribault clan and the indigenous people.
Just like stepping into Mayberry with the shop awnings and old main street architecture. While the buildings remain in fairly good repair, the businesses in the older parts of town seem to lack staying power. All retail is now found at the ubiquitous strip malls on the outskirts of town.
Goodness gracious! If you ever find yourself with an old Victorian home--please do not paint it baby blue and cotton candy pink. This place looks much worse in real life than it does in the photo.
This is quite the odd building--especially for a church. Reminds me of the Ny Glyptotek in Copenhagen, except on a vastly smaller scale. But odd architecture is what gives Faribault a certain charm.