State nominates Prospect House in BL for National Register [UPDATED]Published 10:10am Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Updated 12:13pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Jay Johnson, owner of the Prospect House located in Battle Lake, is pleased to announce the Prospect House has been reviewed and approved by the Minnesota State Review Board with a unanimous vote to be on the National Register.
The nomination it is now on its way to Washington, D.C., for final review. The final decision should become public in May. The Prospect House was nominated to the National Register because of its architectural design and transformation into a “Colonial Revival Style” house in 1929.
The process for listing a property on the National Register is a rigorous one. It begins with research to establish the property’s significance. This information is recorded on a nomination for, reviewed by SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office) and presented to the Minnesota Historical Society’s State Review Board, a volunteer group of citizens and professionals with expertise in history, architectural history, architecture and archaeology. If the board concurs that the nominated property (Prospect House), meets the Register criteria, the nomination is sent to the State Historic Preservation Officer for signature and then to the Keeper of the Register at the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., for final review, approval and placement on the National Register.
Today the inside of the structure, known as Prospect House, is currently accommodating “The Prospect House Museum” a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, displaying and preserving the history of James A. “Cap” Colehour, Civil War Veteran and the four generations of family that transformed the structure from a hotel to a family residence; and finally to a museum for the public to enjoy.