Minneapolis, MN - American Swedish Institute, Lakewood Memorial Chapel
The American Swedish Institute and the Turnblads Mansion - the former home of Swan, Christina and Lillian Turnblad. Swan immigrated to Minnesota with modest means from Sweden in 1868. With a farming background and a printer by trade, his bussiness prospered and became owner of the largest Swedish language newspaper in the U.S. In 1908, the Turnblads completed their French Chateauesque home designed by architects HGA on the stretch of Park Ave known as Minneapolis Golden Mile. It was well situated among one of 40 mansions of the elite in the city's first asphalt paved street. They later moved out and donated the mansion to the American Institute for Swedish Arts, Literature and Science.