East Second Street Commercial Historic District

66--78 Center, 54--78 E. Second and 67--71 Lafayette Sts., Winona, Minnesota

A historically and architecturally significant commerical area


Second National Bank Building, 1871-1872

Immediately to the left, with the green awning, is the McCormick Building, 1888. To the left of the McCormick Building is the International Harvester Building, ca.1904.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning August 2018




"The East Second Street Commercial District is historically and architecturally significant in the statewide historic context of "Early Agriculture and River Settlement, I840s-I870s" for its association with the initial phase of permanent growth and urbanization in Winona. The district reflects the importance of Winonaf s location on the Mississippi River, as well as the impact of the logging industry and agriculture on the city's development. The East Second Street block of buildings embody the distinctive characteristics of an architectural style that represents an important and distinguishable entity within the commercial development of Winona. The period of significance, 1863-1915, extends beyond the context to include three early twentieth century buildings which represent a final construction phase after the commercial core had emerged along the riverfront."

Quotation from the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form prepared by Michael Koop, Historic Preservation Consultant, February 1989. A link to the document is listed below under "Sources."

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 25, 1991
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Gothic; Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Department store; Restaurant; Financial institution; Business
Current functions
Single dwelling; Business
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 14
Non-contributing buildings: 5


19th Century (37,996)
Brick (42,464)
Built 1863 (237)
Built during 1860s (3,787)
Cast iron (375)
District (10,553)
Gothic (1,440)
Italianate (5,116)
Minnesota (1,753)
Private owner (54,399)
Stone (26,167)
Victorian (19,703)
Winona County, Minnesota (39)
Winona, Minnesota (28)

Update Log 

  • September 17, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos