City Council Approves Section Foreman House Preservation Site Designation

At Tuesday’s Wayzata city council meeting, the council unanimously approved a motion to place an Historic Preservation Site designation on the Section Foreman House.
Courtesy City of Wayzata
The Section Foreman House was built in 1902 to support the section foremen and their families.
Resolution 03-2020
The section foreman was in charge of a section gang tasked with making sure the railroad tracks were in good repair.
The Wayzata Section Foreman House is believed to be the only section house in Minnesota still standing at its original location.
The Section Foreman House is located along the railroad tracks on Lake Minnetonka just east of where the Great Northern Depot stands. The depot was built in 1906.
With a Heritage Preservation Site designation in place, a site alteration permit will be need to be approved by the City Council.
The main reason for the site alteration permit  is to ensure that no changes will be made that will impair the historical integrity of the structure. The process allows for more public input and transparency around proposed changes to historic house.
Disclaimer: Dan Gustafson, owner of, serves as chair of the Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board.

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