Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Alex Seitaniemi Housebarn: Restoration - Phase 1

  • Project Overview
  • Project Details
House Barn - before restoration
Sisu drawing
Haybarn foundation south wall - before restoration
Ramp - before restoration
North Header Supports
Fenestration and Ridg Caps
Loft Support

Project Overview

Recipient: Sisu Heritage Inc.


The Alex Seitaniemi Housebarn, located in Waasa Township in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, approximately 220 miles north of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, is an extremely rare two-story log building that combines a dwelling, animal shelter, milking parlor and crop storage in one structure. Built ca. 1907-13 by a Finnish immigrant as part of a farmstead in this once-forested region of northern Minnesota, the housebarn, with its dovetailed corner joints, exhibits the same high-quality design and workmanship found in other Finnish log buildings in Minnesota. The building is one of three housebarns in the United States known to have been built by a Finn. The fact that it is log makes it more rare. It was entered in the National Register of Historic Places on April 9, 1990.

Project Details

To stabilize and restore the exterior and foundation of the Alex Seitaniemi Housebarn, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Fund Availability:

07/01/2010 - 06/30/2011

Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (b), Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants

Appropriation Language
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.

Funding Amount: $60,500

Amount of Other Funds Leveraged $9,790

Project Manager

Paul Knuti

7727 Sauna Road
Embarrass, MN 55732

Subject: Historic Preservation

Administering Agency

Minnesota Historical Society

Quick Facts

Project Type: Grants

Recipient: Sisu Heritage Inc.

Funding Amount: $60,500

Appropriation Years: 2011

Activity Type: Grants/Contracts

Counties Impacted: St. Louis

MN Senate District: 5

MN House District: 5A

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