Buenger Store

Buenger Store (HM1AF1)

Location: New Ulm, MN 56073 Brown County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 18.963', W 94° 27.707'

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1892, 1902

— Historic Downtown New Ulm —

This three-story building is a fine example of Queen Anne commercial architecture. The original southern section was erected in 1892 for the Buenger Furniture Store, while the corner building was constructed in 1902.

Louis Buenger Sr. was born in Hanover, Germany, and settled in New Ulm in 1863. He opened his first furniture shop on the corner of Minnesota and 3rd North in 1876. The business proved so successful that he erected a brick building at 225 North Minnesota Street. Ten years later, his son, Louis Buenger Jr., expanded the business, moving the Schalk store, a survivor of the Dakota Conflict, from the corner lot. That building still stands, although greatly altered, at 822 North State Street.

The corner building was designed by local architect Herman Amme. The New Ulm News reported, "The design shows a very handsome front, with a round corner where the entrance will be.... On the corners as supports to the upper stories there will be heavy columns of polished granite, something that has not heretofore been used in a building in New Ulm."

In 1912, Louis Buenger Jr. left the business and moved to Minneapolis. At that time, Emil F. Buenger, a brother, took charge of the business, later joined by another brother, Otto J. Buenger. In 1920, they moved to a new building at 203 North Minnesota.
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 4:10am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 383426 N 4908015
Decimal Degrees44.31605000, -94.46178333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 18.963', W 94° 27.707'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 18' 57.78" N, 94° 27' 42.42" W
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Area Code(s)507
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 221 N Minnesota St, New Ulm MN 56073, US
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