In September 2017, the Cultural Centre purchased the historic Baker House, an early 1900 Craftsman-style design brick house on Highway 212, on the Yellowstone Trail, in downtown Bird Island. The house is a unique adaptation of the side-gables Craftsman/Bungalow styles. It is an outstanding example of a significant architectural style, built by a man of modest means in a rural Minnesota town. Below are some images for your enjoyment and a .pdf of the National Register of Historic Places Evaluation. It is an incredible written assessment of The Baker House’s rich history. We will continue to keep you updated as we move through this process.


February 2021 | State Historic Preservation Review Board approved nomination of Tinnes-Baker House to the National Register of Historic Places.

April 2021 | The Tinnes-Baker House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

September 2022 | The Cultural Centre was awarded a Tinnes-Baker House Predevelopment Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to develop working  drawings/architectural plans and specifications for its renovation. Our plan is to apply for a construction grant this summer to begin the renovation work.

The Images in this video were taken by Daniel J. Hoisington of Hoisington Preservation Consultants, March 2018 for The National Register of Historic Places Evaluation

National Register of Historic Places Evaluation

Take a glimpse back in time through the evaluation of the Tinnes-Baker House. An incredible report on the construction, architecture, and history of the house; along with information about the Baker family. This is the document that ultimately lead to being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tinnes Baker NRHP Nomination Report

Tinnes-Baker House Condition Assessment

If you thought the Evaluation on the Tinnes-Baker House was fabulous, this condition assessment is even more detailed in the history and structure of the home. 

Tinnes-Baker House Condition Assessment

Tinnes-Baker House Construction Drawings

For those of you who like to geek out on all the nitty gritty of construction, here’s the PDF for the restoration project!

Tinnes-Baker House Construction Drawings


Celeste Suter Exhibition - February 2023

Fiber Art | "Mystical Mandala"

Justin Beck Exhibition - March 2023


Youth Art Classes Begin - March 2023

Perspective Classes begin and registration for Youth Art Camp continues, visit here for more information.

Bradley Donner Exhibition- April 2023

Wildlife Painting

Earth Day Celebration - April 22, 2023

Join us for creative activities in celebration of Earth Day! More info to come.

Bonnie Lipinski Smith Exhibtion - May 2023

Watercolor & Color Pencil

Farmers and Artisan Market Opens - May 31st, 2023

Join us from 4-7pm for the opening day of the 2023 Market Season! 

Adam and Jessica Preuss - June 2023

Andy Kahmann Exhibition & The Second Coming of Kahmanns - July 2023

Andy Kahmann's Letterpress Printing | Patsy Kahmann Book Signing & Reading | Karl Kahmann Book Reading | Jim Kahmann "My Life in Baseball" Book Reading

ACTS & MBW Adult Day Services Exhibition - August 2023

Multi Media Exhibition

Artisan & Farmers Market Finale - August 30, 2023

Tales from the Tall Grass Prairie Writers Composition Readings | Outdoor Market Art Exhibition | Movie Night after the Market

Yellowstone Trail Quilters Exhibition - September 2023

Yellowstone Trail Sociability Run will also take place this month.

Bill van der Hagen Exhibition- October 2023

Photography | Birds and Waterfowl

David Adams Exhibition- November 2023


The Old Fashioned Christmas Market- December 1, 2023

Local gift vendors, Santa, kids activities, horse drawn wagon rides, campfire and warm a Hallmark movie in real life.


640 Dogwood Avenue P.O. Box 434
Bird Island, MN 55310
(320) 365-1011

Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Open on Saturdays by request.



This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.