MnDOT Roadside Properties

Various sites around Minnesota

After the advent of automobile tourism in the 1910s, state and federal governments began to fund projects for wayside rest areas. Many were built in the 1930s by Works Progress Administration crews. Eventually, the structures and sites started to show their age. In 2008, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) began an effort to update 20 historic roadside property treatment reports and produce 12 sets of construction documents for restoration of National Register eligible properties.


Over five years the project team, including qualified historic masons, restored these structures through repointing with appropriate mortar, removing damaged or non-historic stone with new stone shaped to match the historic, and selective dismantling and rebuilding with matching historic configurations.



Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)



BNM Construction

Building Restoration Inc.

Close Landscape Architecture

Construction Results

Environmental Associates, Inc.

MacPherson Towne

Minnesota Mississippi River Parkway Commission



Minnesota Preservation Award, 2013



MnDOT's Historic Roadside Properties website