Canton in Lincoln County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Augustana- The School on Wheels
In 1917 the newly formed Norwegian Lutheran Church in America voted to merge Augustana College and the Lutheran Normal School in Sioux Falls and to close the
The Old Main building of the Academy is an excellent example of Richardson Romanesque architecture with its massive scale, rough cut granite, and arched openings. Designed by Omeyer and Thori of St. Paul it is a four-story building, 104 feet long and 60 feet wide.
Having received pledges totalling $10,000 from Augustana College Association members and $5,000 from the synod of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church, ground was broken in the late summer of 1901. Actual construction was begun the next year and the building was dedicated on October 4, 1903. The Old Main housed classrooms, offices, 25 dormitory rooms, a gymnasium, and a chapel that would seat about 500 people. Total cost of the structure, with furnishings, was $48,592.99.
Augustana Academy was closed in 1971 and a total renovation of the building was completed in 1995 by the Metro Plains Corporation of St. Paul. It now houses 21 one bedroom apartments and five two bedroom apartments.
Erected 1995 by Augustana Academy Alumni and
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Churches & Religion • Education. In addition, it is included in the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
Location. 43° 18.21′ N, 96° 34.749′ W. Marker is in Canton, South Dakota, in Lincoln County. Marker is on North Lawler Street south of East 2nd Street, on the right when traveling north. Located by the Augustana Academy Old Main building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 N Lawler St, Canton SD 57013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Resolution Designating Jack Fox Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Canton Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Canton (approx. 0.7 miles away); Augustana – The School on Wheels (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Canton Ski Hill (approx. 1.4 miles away); Inwood Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.4 miles away in Iowa); Worthing Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
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