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Property Name Rosberg--Holmgren--Clareen Block (Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation)
Reference Number 16000706
State KS
County McPherson
Town Lindsborg
Street Address 109-111-113 N. Main St.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 10/11/2016
Areas of Significance COMMERCE, ARCHITECTURE
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/16000706.pdf
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This nomination amends the information for the Clareen/Peterson Restaurant Building (113 N Main St, Lindsborg, McPherson County), listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 22, 2009 by expanding the boundary to include 109 & 111 N Main St. For clarity, the information previously supplied in the nomination for 113 N Main St. has been incorporated into this new nomination that contains information for all three buildings in the block. The Rosberg-Holmgren-Clareen Block (formerly the Clareen/Peterson Restaurant Building) is nominated to the National Register as an excellent intact representative of the early permanent commercial structures constructed by Swedish immigrants on Lindsborg's Main Street. The buildings are significant under Criteria A and C in the areas of Commerce and Architecture. This business block is representative of the nature of business in Lindsborg. Between these three buildings were numerous enterprises, most of which represented family businesses that served Lindsborg residents for decades and provided essential goods and services (furniture, hardware, groceries, restaurant, tailor, dry cleaning, and undertaker). The business owners were pillars of the community. Albert Train and C.V. Rosberg were members of the Commercial Club (precursor to the Chamber of Commerce); Train was also a member of the fire company. Rosberg was a city councilman; the Train family helped found the Bethany Church. Rosberg, Train, Runbeck, and Peterson were multigeneration businesses and all were first or second generation immigrants. The buildings maintain a significant level of historic and architectural integrity clearly portraying their original design and commercial associations. The three like-buildings are excellent examples of a Commercial Style building with Italianate detailing distinguished by their brick corbelling, ornate metal window hoods, cast-iron storefront columns, and woodframed transoms. 113 N. Main retains its original wood storefront with multi-light stained glass transoms. Despite changes in use and multiple tenants in the three buildings over the past one hundred-plus years, significant interior features remain including distinctive scalloped wood ceilings, hardwood wood floors, plaster walls, and wood trim in all three buildings. The period of significance extends from the buildings' construction in 1899 to the fifty-year age cutoff, 1966.

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