The Hawley House dates from 1874 and features a dramatic and pleasant front porch that extends the entire width of the house. (Hawley was a prominent local physician; maybe he liked his patients to get plenty of air.)
Presently the Hawley House is home to the Moondance Inn, a nice bed and breakfast.
Favorite thing: The John Rich House was built in 1905. Rich was a mayor of Red Wing who also served as head of the Red Wing Civic League and was instrumental in moving along the development of the Civic Mall. His fondness for classical design is evident here, in this house which vaguely reminds me of the White House in Washington.
Theodore B. Shelton arrived in the fledgling town of Red Wing in 1856 and soon after opened a dry goods store which became the base of a commercial empire. Eventually diversifying into mills and warehouses, banking and pottery, Shelton was one of Red Wing's first millionaires and a great civic benefactor. It was he who provided the wherewithal which enabled the construction of the civic auditorium that bears his name.
This Second Empire style home was built in 1875 - originally there was a mansard roof that was removed in 1958 due to water damage.
(It used to be the Goodhue County Courthouse, but that has subsequently moved.)
This is a depression era civic building up the hill and off a block from the main Mall, but it is still a good representation of the community spirit which is so strong here. Designed in the WPA Moderne style by architects Buechner and Orth of St. Paul, the building was finished in 1932.
Originally, this was the Swedish Lutheran Church in Red Wing. The building dates back to 1895. (You may at first why there are so many Lutheran churches within a small area - well, this is Minnesota, and you wouldn't want to have the Swede Lutherans and the German Lutherans worshipping together! Uff da.)
On the mall, at the corner of West AVenue and Fifth.
Next to the Riverfront Centre, at the corner of Main and Bush Streets, La Grange Park is a little pocket park with a fountain and charming sculptures. It's a good place to bring a picnic lunch while enjoying the sunshine.
I haven't been able to find the name of the artist responsible for the figurative pieces scattered through the site. Does the anyone know?
Another fine building by the Minneapolis architect Lowell Lamoureaux, who also designed the nearby Sheldon Auditorium. The City Hall shows the pride of this town, located on half a city block, decorated with numerous classical touches. I like the triangular pediments above the windows on the ground floor.
Fourth and Plum Streets
Red Wing is fortunate to have a well-maintained and historic municipal auditorium for cultural events. T.B. Sheldon was a prosperous grain merchant who gave half of his estate to the community of Red Wing for the construction of this public edifice. Opened in 1904, it is believed to be the first municipally-owned theatre to have been built west of the Mississippi.
The Renaissance Revival structure is in an exuberant and vaguely Venetian style. The architect, Louis Lamoureaux, was quite active in the nearby Twin Cities.
This is one of the oldest structures in the Historic Mall District, dating back to 1871. The church is in the Gothic Revival style, and employs locally quarried limestone.
Located in the block between East and West Avenues, Third and Fourth streets.
The Post Office is one of the "anchor buildings" in the "Historic Mall District," which is a rich concentration of public buildings and churches. The Mall is located on a triangular tract of land running perpendicular from the river north into the heart of the town.
Many of the buildings - including the Post Office - were constructed in the first decade of the 20th century, in a co-ordinated effort to create a dignified public space. The "City Beautiful" was a national phenomenon, and Red Wing has one of the best preserved examples in a smaller town.
The Post Office, at 222 West Avenue, is in the Classical Revival style, and was opened in 1908.
The Gladstone Block dates from 1886, and was constructed in the popular Richardsonian Romanesque style from the local whitish limestone.
Most likely it gets it name from British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, who was at the peak of his worldwide popularity in 1886.
305-313 Bush Street
Favorite thing: Dating from 1866, this is the oldest surviving industrial building in Red Wing. Built on the waterfront, at the corner of Levee and Bush Streets, the Iron Works Building originally houses a foundry operated by the Densmore brothers. Nowadays it is rather more upscale.
Red Wing has a beautiful old railway depot down by the river that's been converted into an art gallery and tourism information center.
The Depot was built in 1905 by a well-known station architect, J.N. Nettenstrom, and is a near-copy of a very similiar building in Keokuk Iowa.
Favorite thing: The St. James is a landmark. A beautiful old river hotel with sweeping views of the Mississippi. The front of the building is impeccably preserved. The rear is another story, however. There is a less than aesthetically pleasing addition that was built within the past ten years or so. In my opinion the view from the Missippi back up towards downtown Red Wing has been destroyed by this architectural gaff.
Highway 61 begins at the Canadian border (actually the Canadians call it 61 up to Thunder Bay), hugs the Lake Superior shoreline through Duluth, traverses the eastern part of Minnesota through St. Paul, meets up with the Missippi at Red Wing, and meanders along with the Mississippi all the way to St. Louis.
Highway 61 is the main street in Red Wing.