Rochester in Olmsted County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Rochester Public Library Building
The Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
National Register of Historic Places
by the United States Department of the Interior
Erected 1980 by The United States Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Science & Medicine.
Location. 44° 1.283′ N, 92° 28.023′ W. Marker is in Rochester, Minnesota, in Olmsted County. Marker is on 2nd Street SW near 3rd Avenue SW, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 226 2nd Street SW, Rochester MN 55905, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Calvary Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Plummer Building (about 400 feet away); The Chateau Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); Conley Maass Downs Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Donald Church Balfour House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Central Park Plaza (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Rochester Armory BuildingThe Heritage House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
Regarding Rochester Public Library Building. The Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota was built between 1936 and 1937 by the Public Works Administration (PWA). Designed by Harold Crawford, Rochester’s preeminent architect at the time, the building originally housed the Rochester Public Library and could hold 75,000 books. The Jacobean-style structure was built of limestone quarried in the town of Kasota, in South Central Minnesota. The PWA grant funded 45% of the total building costs, and the remainder was covered by the Library Board.
After the library moved in the early 1970s, the Mayo Clinic purchased the 1937 building. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It was then the Mitchell Student Center, offering a library, computer lab, and study space for medical school students. As of 2018 it is part of the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2020, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 27, 2020, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.