Archer House Site Redevelopment

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Overview and design

New construction has been approved on the site of the former Archer House at 212 Division Street South. The property is owned by Manawa LLC. The approved new construction is a for a mixed use residential and commercial building. The property slopes towards to river and includes a lower level of parking, street level with two commercial spaces and four residential units, and three additional levels with residential units.

The Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) approved the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) for the new building at their December 6, 2023 meeting. The approved plans, resolution and video of the meeting is available.

December 6, 2023 — Heritage Preservation Commission — reviews of Certificate of Appropriateness (video)

Resolution Heritage Preservation Commission December 6, 2023 (PDF)

Balcony facade renderings (PDF)


The Archer House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 as contributing to the Northfield Commercial Historic District. This property is located within the Downtown (C-1) and Historic (H-O) zoning districts. The property is approximately 0.56 acres and is located adjacent to the Medical Arts Building to the north and Nutting Block Building to the south. The Cannon River is located to the west and Division Street is to the east, across the street from the Northfield Public Library. The property is also partially within the floodplain.

The Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office has confirmed that they do not need to review the construction plans unless the owners pursue federal financing.


212 Division Street South

Archer Location Map


Dates are subject to change.

The new construction project will involve review by many boards and commissions, such as the City Council, Heritage Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals, as the applicant is applying for Tax Increment Financing, a variance (for height over 50 feet), and a conditional use permit (for off-street parking within the C-1 District).

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Northfield Downtown Preservation Design Guideline (PDF)

New construction with the boundaries of historic properties — National Park Service

Differentiated and compatible: four strategies for additions to historic settings (PDF)

The Secretary of the interior’s standards for the treatment of the historic properties — National Park Service

Architecture inventory form (PDF)

  1. Jake Reilly

    Jake Reilly

    Community Development Director

  1. Nate Carlson

    Nate Carlson

    Economic Development Coordinator