Caledonia Commercial Historic District

101--205 E. Main St. and 101--108 S. Kingston St., Caledonia, Minnesota


Main Street Looking Northeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2019



Street View 


"The Caledonia Commercial Historic District contains fifteen buildings (10 contributing, 5 non-contributing) lying in a cluster along Main and Kingston Streets in the heart of downtown Caledonia. With the exception of three non-contributing buildings, all of the district properties were constructed during the last quarter of the nineteenth century or the first decade of the twentieth century. Almost all are constructed of red brick, although four are built of stone. As a rule, the buildings are fairly plain, with flat facades and simple window treatments. Most ornamentation is confined to the roof lines, and appears in the form of brick or metal cornices and brick parapets. While none of the structures was built according to an academic style, the cornices, parapets and other ornamental elements recall Late Victorian styles, particularly the Queen Anne and Italianate. Many of the buildings have been altered on the ground floor, but these alterations are generally minor and reversible."

Quotation from the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form prepared by Demian Hess. Historian, of Hess. Roise and Compa, March 26, 1993. A link to the document is listed below under "Sources."

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 5, 1994
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Queen Anne; Victorian: Italianate; Victorian: Stick/Eastlake
Areas of significance
Architecture; Commerce
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Hotel; Financial institution; Specialty store; Department store; Restaurant
Current functions
Multiple dwelling; Professional; Specialty store; Mortuary
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 10
Non-contributing buildings: 5


19th Century (38,039)
Brick (42,466)
Built 1879 (305)
Built during 1870s (5,059)
Caledonia, Minnesota (5)
District (10,578)
Have Street View (48,844)
Houston County, Minnesota (14)
Italianate (5,117)
Minnesota (1,754)
Private owner (54,403)
Queen Anne (5,136)
Stick/Eastlake (870)
Stone (26,168)
Victorian (19,703)

Update Log 

  • July 23, 2019: New photo from J.R. Manning
  • July 23, 2019: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • July 23, 2019: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
  • July 27, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger