They have been part of Lindsborg's Main Street for more than a century, and now a trio of buildings are seeking an official historic designation.

They have been part of Lindsborg's Main Street for more than a century, and now a trio of buildings are seeking an official historic designation.

The nomination for the buildings at 109, 111 and 113 N. Main St. in Lindsborg to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places will be reviewed Saturday.

The Clareen/Peterson restaurant building at 113 N. Main St. has previously been listed on the national register, but that original nomination has been amended to include the other two addresses under the name "Rosberg-Holmgren-Clareen Block."

Brenda Spencer of Spencer Preservations put together the 28-page form detailing the history, construction and old photographs of the two-story brick commercial buildings. According to the nomination, 109 N. Main St. was constructed for Carl Rosberg to work as an undertaker and sell furniture. The 111 N. Main St. location housed the Holmgren Grocery and Meat Market, and 113 N. Main St. originally held a restaurant run by Carl Clareen. All three buildings were constructed in 1899.

If Saturday's review is successful, the buildings will be listed on the Kansas Register of Historic Places, and Spencer said she expected a positive review from the national register to follow in 10 to 12 weeks.

Spencer has 22 years of experience in assisting owners of historical buildings in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska research and nominate their properties to the registers. She has previously worked on the nominations for several other buildings in Lindsborg.

"I feel sorry for people who don't love their jobs," Spencer said. "I get to look at cool buildings all the time. There's a fun story in every one."

Lindsborg does not have a historic district, so buildings are usually submitted for the state or national register of historic places on an individual basis, Spencer explained.

Though 109 N. Main St. is owned by Scott Schafer and 111 and 113 N. Main St. are owned by Jim Prugh, the buildings are brought together in the nomination because of the similarity in their construction and the fact that the second level of 109 and 111 N. Main St. was once one large room, Spencer said.

"You can see from the second floors that they were all built together," Spencer said.

Many of Lindsborg's structures were built by early Swedish immigrants to replace the initial frame buildings, Spencer explained. Though businesses came and went over the years, several buildings were still referred to by whatever enterprise they first housed, which posed a challenge in Spencer's research.

"I start with a map of the town," Spencer said, adding she looks through local history books, newspaper articles and advertisements, pictures, websites, deeds, genealogies and phone books to locate first the prominent businesses, then fill in gaps in time with less publicized information.

"I literally started looking through newspaper advertisements," Spencer said. "We'd be lost without them...if we didn't have the newspapers, it'd be hard to do [research]."

Spencer found that though the buildings had similar construction, they were each owned by a different individual.

"You really have to cross-reference the records with other sources," Spencer said. "All the little clues are there. It's kind of like a jigsaw puzzle for a while...we finally traced it all back."

The nomination for the buildings can bring recognition for the buildings, federal and state tax credits for their upkeep to the owners, and tourism to Lindsborg, Spencer explained.

"There is a financial incentive. It is only buildings that are listed on the national and state registers that are eligible for those [tax] credits," Spencer said.

There has been an increase in "heritage tourism" in the past few decades, and those tax credits can make the difference in whether a building is preserved or razed for a new building to take its place, Spencer said.

"Lindsborg has a very strong tourism market that is rooted in its strong Swedish heritage, evidenced by its buildings," Spencer stated. "You see how each of these buildings has a tie to the original settlers. It really is a manifestation of the heart of the community."

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