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Prospect House on a possible path to the National Register

The Prospect House in Battle Lake is being considered by the Minnesota Historical Society’s State Review Board for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, it was announced last week.

It is one of seven total properties from around the state up for consideration.

The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government’s official list of historic properties worthy of preservation.

The state review board will meet on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. to consider the nomination. This meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Cargill Commons Room of the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

Preservation office staff will present a brief presentation on the history of Prospect House and the board will entertain comments from people in the audience. Following discussion, the board will act on the nomination, rendering an opinion of whether the property meets national register criteria.

The Prospect House is located on Lake Avenue North in Battle Lake.

According to the nomination materials, Prospect House was originally constructed in 1887 as the Prospect House Hotel. In its day, the hotel would accommodate up to 100 guests in 27 rooms at $2 per day. It was nearer to the lake than any other hotels, and it offered pleasure parties, fishing parties, hunting parties, accommodating hosts and scenic picnic grounds.

It is now operated as a Civil War and house museum by the Friends of the Prospect House, formed in 2010.

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