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Preston Overlook

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Built  1937-38
NRHP Reference #  03000732
Added to NRHP  2 August 2003
Architectural style  Rustic Style
Area  7,285 m²
Architect  Arthur R. Nichols
Preston Overlook
Location  Highway 52, Preston, Minnesota
Similar  Goldstein Museum of Design, Mall of America, Minnesota Zoo, Stillwater Overlook

Preston overlook

Preston Overlook is a historic scenic overlook in Preston, Minnesota, United States. It was built in 1937–38 by the Minnesota Department of Highways under the program of Federal Relief Construction in Minnesota.

The overlook was a product of its times: the Great Depression led United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt to create the New Deal, a complex package of economic programs initiated to help the economy recover and put people to work. The overlook was a project of one such plan, the National Reemployment Service. The original idea came from the Preston Women's Civic Improvement Club, which had lobbied for highway beautification. A site was chosen on the highest point on the bluffs above the Root River, 90 feet below. The overlook was designed by Minnesota landscape architect Arthur R. Nichols in the Rustic Style. The mosaic patterned wall and flagstone walk consist of limestone quarried from below the overlook.

The Preston Overlook was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.


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