Johnston Hall (Faribault)

This grand 1880s Romanesque Revival-style building, originally constructed as a residence for a missionary training school, symbolizes a series of preservation victories. Johnston Hall faced several periods of vacancy between owners, and even a previous demolition threat. Faribault residents have repeatedly staved off these threats and have found creative reuse solutions. In 1986, a reuse study identified a need for privately-owned medical offices to serve the nearby District One Hospital, and the building was successfully rehabilitated. Now, however, Johnston Hall has only one medical office tenant, there are significant deferred maintenance issues, and the surrounding hospital has expanded around three sides of the historic building. The hospital purchased Johnston Hall in 2008, but does not have the resources to undertake another extensive rehabilitation, so the hospital board is exploring selling, relocating, or demolishing the building.

Click here to read a 2004 summary of the previous rehabilitation effort.

For more information about preservation efforts in Faribault, visit the Faribault HPC.

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