Heritage Preservation in Northfield

Preserving Northfield’s heritage

One of downtown Northfield’s greatest resources is its unique concentration of historic buildings. The downtown Northfield Historic District comprises some 65 buildings in the commercial center of the city. The district was created by the City Council in 1978 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

View the Northfield Historic District

Northfield: The History and Architecture of a Community, 1999 Available at the Northfield Historic Society, Carleton College bookstore, and St. Olaf College bookstore

Sign guidelines

Within the Downtown Northfield Historic District, any exterior project, including signs for the exterior of a building, must be reviewed by the Heritage Preservation Commission prior to work starting.

Heritage Preservation Commission

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Historic Preservation Site Designation

View application and guidelines

Preservation organizations

Learn more about or get involved with preservation in Northfield.

Carleton College Library

Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office

National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

National Register of Historic Places

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Northfield Historic Society

Northfield Library

Rice County Historic Society

St. Olaf College Library