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Worthington in Nobles County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Dayton House / George D. Dayton

 
 
Dayton House (<i>marker south side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 19, 2014
1. Dayton House (marker south side)
Inscription.  
Dayton House
(marker south side)
• • •
Worthington banker and real estate developer George Draper Dayton commissioned this home for his family of six. The Historic Dayton House was constructed over four months during the summer of 1890 for a cost estimated to be less than $20,000. Designed by Wallace Dow — a leading architect with several prominent Sioux Falls, S.D., buildings to his credit — the house is a Georgian Colonial Revival structure that reflects the New England upbringing of both Dow and Dayton. Distinctive features include a covered front porch supported by large Doric columns, decorative pilasters and dentil molding trim, a front entryway accented with leaded glass sidelights, a side porch and a widow’s walk. The interior boasts 10-foot ceilings, oak/cherry pocket doors, five fireplaces, and a central open staircase.

Owned until 1902 by Dayton, the house was later occupied by three different families: the Smallwoods (1902-1931), the Cashels (1932-1991) and the Gjertsens (1992-2001). After decades of use as a nursing home/boarding house (1940s through about 1990), many of the home’s
George D. Dayton (<i>marker north side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 19, 2014
2. George D. Dayton (marker north side)
original features had been obscured. Historic Worthington, Inc., with the encouragement of George Draper’s grandson, Bruce Dayton, and the generous support of the Dayton family and the Target Corporation, completely restored the structure beginning in 2002. Since the project’s completion in 2004, the Historic Dayton House has been used as a community gathering place for hosting public and private events.

George D. Dayton
(marker north side)
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"Don't let money captivate you there are things worth more than money. Character is infinitely greater and more valuable," wrote George Draper Dayton in the early 1930s. A hard-working and innovative businessman from his late teens, Dayton first traveled to the prairies of Worthington from Geneva, N.Y., at age 24 in an effort to protect the financial interests of Eastern land investors and to assume ownership of the Bank of Worthington. Dayton was simultaneously a pioneer, banker, agriculturalist, merchant, church leader, philanthropist, involved citizen and devoted father and husband. As a Worthington resident from 1874-1902, Dayton was a community leader who helped organize the Worthington Improvement Association, acted as president of the local Westminster Presbyterian Church, served on the Worthington Board of Education and was involved in incorporating a north-south railroad connecting Worthington
Dayton House / George D. Dayton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 19, 2014
3. Dayton House / George D. Dayton Marker
(Dayton House in background)
to the Manitoba rail system.

Dayton raised four children with his equally intelligent and devoted wife, Emma Chadwick Dayton. The family lived in this house from 1890-1902, at which time Dayton's business interests in Minneapolis led him to move to that growing city. In Minneapolis, Dayton continued to thrive as a community leader and bought out the Goodfellow's store, renaming it the Dayton Dry Goods Company — thus founding a renowned department store chain that endured throughout the 20th century and from which Target Corporation evolved.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCharity & Public WorkIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 43° 37.373′ N, 95° 35.637′ W. Marker is in Worthington, Minnesota, in Nobles County. Marker is on 13th Street just north of 4th Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located near the sidewalk, overlooking the southwest corner of the Dayton House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1311 4th Avenue, Worthington MN 56187, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benona Pierce and Clair Hovey St. John Memorial Wetlands (approx. 0.4 miles away); Welcome to Minnesota / The Minnesota-Iowa Boundary (approx. 4.8 miles away); "Habitat" (approx. 4.9 miles away).
 
Regarding Dayton House / George D. Dayton.
George D. Dayton House (<i>southwest elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 19, 2014
4. George D. Dayton House (southwest elevation)
(marker visible on far left)
National Register of Historic Places #03001336.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Historic Dayton House. It is unique both in the time of its grand appearance in a small prairie town in the late 1800s and in its ownership for well over a century. Three families related through business, blood, and marriage — the Daytons, the Smallwoods, and the Cashels — owned and lived in the house over time. (Submitted on October 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. National Register of Historic Places Nomination. (Submitted on October 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. George Draper Dayton (Wikipedia). His family was one of average means and he had hoped to become a minister, but was lured into the business world. He married Emma Chadwick in 1878 and began buying farm mortgages in southwest Minnesota. In 1883 he and his family moved to Worthington, Minnesota where he was able to build wealth in the growing economy. (Submitted on October 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

4. Target Corporation. Banker and real estate investor George Draper Dayton incorporated Target in 1902 as Goodfellow Dry Goods. The following year the name was changed to Dayton Dry Goods Company and shortened to Dayton Company in 1911. On May 1, 1962, Dayton Company opened its first
George D. Dayton House (<i>west elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 19, 2014
5. George D. Dayton House (west elevation)
Target store, designed as a discount version of Dayton’s department stores. By 1979 Target’s annual sales had reached $1 billion. (Submitted on October 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Dayton House (<i>front/south elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 19, 2014
6. Dayton House (front/south elevation)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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