A guide to researching the history of homes and other buildings.
Last Updated: Nov 9, 2013
- Visit the MHS Library
Original materials, records, and newspapers on microfilm are available on site and reference staff can help with research.
- MN Research Services
Order copies of records, articles, or other specific materials from the MHS collections.
- Specific Citation Request
Researchers who cannot visit but find a specific item of interest can submit a photocopy request using the Specific Citation Request Form.
Few buildings have a book or extensive article with their entire history. Researching the history of a house or building is a process which can yield fascinating information about the building and people associated with it. Elements of building history research include:
- Preliminary research on the building itself and the immediate neighborhood.
- The land or site on which the building is located
- The building itself: original plans and architect, materials, and changes to the building over time
- The people who designed the structure as well as those who lived in or worked in/on the building
- Events and activities which occurred in the building
- Using resources in other collections and online resources
Gale Family Library
MN Historical Society Library
345 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
By Phone (651-259-3300)
Tuesday: 9am to 8pm
Wed. to Sat.: 9am to 4pm
Head of Reference