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Property Name Schmid Farmhouse Ruin
Reference Number 15000849
State Minnesota
County Hennepin
Town Minnetrista
Street Address 0.38 mile northeast of intersection of CR 44 and CSAH 7
Multiple Property Submission Name Minnesota's Nineteenth-Century Masonry Ruins
Status Listed 12/1/2015
Areas of Significance Ethnic Heritage: European, Exploration/Settlement, Architecture, Archaeology, Agriculture
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The Schmid Farmhouse Ruin is significant within the Multiple Property Listing, "Minnesota's NineteenthCentury Masonry Ruins ." Under the sub-type "residential ruins," it is significant at the local level under Criterion A in the areas of ethnic heritage and exploration/settlement for its association with and as a rare representation of the pattern of concentrated German-immigrant settlement around southwestern Lake Minnetonka during the mid to late nineteenth century. This agriculturally based settlement preceded the era in which the area around Lake Minnetonka was a hub for the Gilded Age resorts and summer cottage culture with which its history is most widely associated. It is additionally significant under Criterion D in the areas of architecture and archaeology, for its ability to contribute important information on a type of nineteenth-century German-American vernacular farmhouse recognized in Minnesota as a variation of the Carver Cottage. Extant examples of the type are predominantly constructed of brick that was manufactured in and around the city of Chaska in Carver County . The stone farmhouse ruin therefore is a unique application that can be comparatively studied to address variations in the construction of the type. Further, its ruinous state provides a cutaway view that can readily inform on the construction methods used in early German-American vernacular architecture in Minnesota. The significance of the Schmid Farmhouse Ruin is associated with the Minnesota statewide historic contexts Railroads and Agricultural Development, 1870-1940, Euro-American Farms in Minnesota, 1820-1960, and Masonry Construction in Minnesota, 1820-1900. The period of significance for the Schmid Farmhouse Ruin begins in 1876, when the stone farmhouse was constructed. Its period of significance ends in 1905, when the farmstead property was purchased by A. C. Loring as an addition to his Woodend Dairy Farm, and the Schmid family vacated the house.

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