Broadway City Hall Project

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Broadway City Hall Project Summary

The History

In the 1880s Downtown Carver served as the commercial hub in the area.  Back then Carver was home to three doctors, a lawyer, a real estate and loan office, a flour mill, a grain elevator, six general stores, one carding mill, a feed mill, two farm implement dealers, two drug stores, at least two brick yards, two hardware stores, two lumber yards, a grocery store, a brewery, two watch makers, two carriage and wagon makers, a meat market, a photographer, two harness makers, a tailor, a veterinary surgeon, two boot and shoe makers, a milliner, a bakery,  a newspaper, a bank, a plow factory, six saloons, several blacksmith shops, and three hotels.

The Central Hotel in 1897 at 4th and Broadway

As it is today, the corner of 4th and Broadway was at the heart of Downtown Carver back in the late 1800s.  In 1862, Sebastion Ohnesorg operated the Lager Bier Saloon…selling two glasses of “bier” for five cents.  In 1897, the corner became home to the Central Hotel, owned and operated by Richard Neunsigner.  For nearly 100 years the corner of 4th and Broadway served as a stable, saloon, and hotel.  

When the Central Hotel closed in the early 1940s the building went into a state of disrepair.  Although much of Carver’s heritage has been preserved, the history of the Lager Bier Saloon and Central Hotel gave way to demolition.  In 1956, the former saloon and hotel was torn down and replaced with the building that we all know today as Village Hall.

Although the boom of the late 1800s has since faded, Carver, unlike most cities, has preserved much of its heritage.  In 1980, Downtown Carver became one of the first historic districts in Minnesota to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Carver Historic District includes eighty-seven buildings and four structures of historical significance from 1850-1925, with respect to early river town settlement, commerce, dwelling places, and architecture.  In 2005, Carver attained Certified Local Government status by the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office.

Comments and questions related to the Broadway City Hall Project may be sent to Brent Mareck, City Manager, at bmareck@cityofcarver.com or by phone at (952) 448-8737.