Johannes Erickson House

The Johannes Erickson House is a historic log cabin in Scandia, Minnesota, United States, built in 1868 with a gambrel roof, a distinctive tradition from southern Sweden. It was moved to its current site adjacent to the Hay Lake School in 1974 to be part of a small museum complex operated by the Washington County Historical Society.[2] The Erickson House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 for having local significance in the themes of architecture and exploration/settlement.[3] It was nominated as a rare surviving example of a style brought to Minnesota by Swedish immigrants from Dalsland and Småland.[4]

Johannes Erickson House
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The Johannes Erickson House from the northeast
Johannes Erickson House is located in Minnesota
Johannes Erickson House
Johannes Erickson House is located in the United States
Johannes Erickson House
Location14020 195th Street, Scandia, Minnesota
Coordinates45°13′54.2″N 92°49′15.5″W / 45.231722°N 92.820972°W / 45.231722; -92.820972Coordinates: 45°13′54.2″N 92°49′15.5″W / 45.231722°N 92.820972°W / 45.231722; -92.820972
AreaApproximately 1 acre (0.40 ha)
ArchitectJohannes Erickson
Architectural styleLog-gambrel
MPSWashington County MRA (AD)
NRHP reference No.76001078[1]
Designated June 17, 1976


The Johannes Erickson House is a small, two-story house measuring 28 by 20 feet (8.5 by 6.1 m). The walls are of hewn oak logs, covered over with plank siding. There are two rooms on each floor. The gambrel roof allows for a full-height upper story instead of the cramped loft space of most log cabins.[4]

Access to the upper floor was originally gained by an exterior staircase. In its early days the house also had a lean-to at the rear for use as a summer kitchen.[4]


The house was built in 1868 by Johannes Erickson and his 13-year-old son Alfred. In 1904 the adult Alfred Erickson built a new home for the family, and the original cabin saw use over the years as a granary, a garage, and even a playhouse.[2] By 1974 it was no longer useful to owner Vernon Jellum, and he made plans to have it demolished or relocated.[4] The Washington County Historical Society purchased the building and had it moved 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to its current site to form a small museum complex near a 1900 monument to the first Swedish settlers in Minnesota.[5]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Hay Lake School And Erickson Log Home". Washington County Historical Society. 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-18.
  3. ^ "Erickson, Johannes, House". Minnesota National Register Properties Database. Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  4. ^ a b c d Lund, Marjorie A.; Charles W. Nelson (1976-03-03). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form: Erickson, Johannes, Log House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-12-18. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Morse-Kahn, Deborah (2010). The Historic St. Croix Valley: A Guided Tour. Saint Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-87351-774-4.

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