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Posted on: April 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Press Release - Hopkins Mainstreet Added to National Register of Historic Places

Hopkins, MN – The City of Hopkins announced today that the Hopkins Commercial Historic District has been placed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. The area covered by the listing includes 32 buildings along Mainstreet between 8th and 11th Avenues. 

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of historic properties recognized by the federal government as worthy of preservation for their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.

“Mainstreet has always been a central point of pride for our community,” said Hopkins Historical Society President Mary Romportl. “This addition to the National Register recognizes and celebrates Hopkins’ rich history, and ensures the city won’t lose the hometown charm it’s known for.” 

A listing in the National Register provides opportunities for state and federal tax credits, encouraging private investment in the revitalization of historic buildings. Preservation has been shown to enhance real estate values, foster local business, increase foot traffic and help keep historic main streets economically viable. 

“Having Hopkins Commercial Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places is not only an honor for our city, but it also offers building owners within the District economic incentive to rehabilitate and maintain their buildings,” said City of Hopkins Mayor Patrick Hanlon. “This type of investment will help preserve the character of Mainstreet and solidify Hopkins as a destination for future generations.”

More than 97,000 properties across the country, including nearly 1,800 in Minnesota, have been listed in the National Register since the program began in the 1960s. The City of Hopkins, the Hopkins Historical Society and the Minnesota Department of Transportation sponsored the nomination and prepared the nomination materials.  

View a copy of the nomination on the City of Hopkins website at https://www.hopkinsmn.com/1099/Hopkins-Commercial-Historic-District.   

For more information about the National Register of Historic Places program, visit https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalregister/index.htm

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