- Deteriorating structures at Glensheen could collapse if not repaired in the next five years.
- The Glensheen Estate is 12 acres and features gardens, bridges, and the 39-room mansion.
- 120,000 people visit Glensheen annually. It is the most visited historic home in Minnesota.
- Glensheen was donated to the University of Minnesota in 1979.
- Glensheen was built by the Congdon family in 1908.
- The Congdon family played a major role in developing the Mesabi Iron Range and donated land for public use, including the North Shore Scenic Highway.
Raise $4 million in non-University funds to match $4 million state investment
Stabilize and renew critical infrastructure at Glensheen:
- Restore deteriorated garden terraces and walls
- Renew HVAC and building systems
- Envelope the Main (Manor) House and Carriage House
- Replace the existing pier at the lakeshore (if funds allow)
- Preserve the cultural legacy of one of Minnesota’s most impactful families
- Restore and protect early-20th-century design and craftmanship
- Increase accessibility to the entire estate
- Improve visitor safety
State Request: $4 Million
- Non-state funding: $4 million
- Total project cost: $8 million