The house of Victor and Philomena Tholl was obtained in 2005 by Saint John’s University. It functioned as the office for The Nature Conservancy for Central Minnesota from 2012 until the fall of 2014. Tholl House then transitioned to an “eco-house,” or sustainable living environment for students of St. John’s. The decision to use Tholl house as an eco-house was made because Edelbrock House, the former eco-house, needed too many repairs and, ultimately, was not a sustainable house to maintain. Beginning the fall of 2014, four junior or senior students live in the Tholl house and participate in environmentally conscious living.
- Kutter, Ryan. “ Arboretum Open House and New Member Appreciation,” Sagatagan Seasons, 2005, v.8 n.1, p.5
- Roske, Peggy. " Flynntown Neighborhood Is Home to Nature Conservancy at SJU," 2012.
- Gray, Eleanor. “ The Nature Conservancy , ” Abbey Banner, winter 2012-2013, p.22.
- Tucker, Adam. “ Admins say Edelbrock to close this year ,” The Record, March 21, 2014, p.1&3.
- Leipholtz, Beth. “ Thole [i.e. Tholl] House to replace Edelbrock," The Record, March 28, 2014. p.1
- Tucker, Adam. “ SJS looks to goals, elections,” The Record, April 11, 2014, p.2.
Special thanks to Maria Schrupp '20 for drafting this text.