Save Historic St. Andrew's

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We are grateful for donations of any amount that will help us in our efforts to protect the heritage that belongs to our neighborhood and the Capital City of St. Paul! If you prefer to make a donation offline (via check) please contact us using the message link on the right. Offline donation will be added to the total raised (anonymously if preferred) and deposited into the same account.

Who are we? 
Save Historic St. Andrew's  is a neighborhood coalition focused on the preservation of the historic and residential character of the Warrendale neighborhood (est. 1885), located adjacent to the well-known Como Park  in St. Paul, Minnesota.  We formed in April 2018 in response to the news that the former St. Andrew's church could be facing demolition. The parish moved from the church in 2011, but the site remains as a community anchor and is a significant part of St. Paul's cultural and architectural heritage. The current tenant of the site, The Twin Cities German Immersion School, plans to most likely demolish the former church in order to meet the needs of their growing school. We are working with the school to find alternative solutions but we nonetheless now recognize the need to work to protect our local history.

Why raise money? We are raising money to support our efforts in protecting the heritage and residential quality of the historic Warrendale neighborhood, and the former St. Andrew's church is central to that mission. The primary focus of our fundraising at the moment is to begin the official process of nominating the St. Andrew's church building as a historic site under St. Paul's Heritage Preservation Commission. This work must be completed by a qualified local Heritage Preservation Specialist and we are currently reaching out professionals who were highly recommended to us by experts in historic preservation. This work is intensive and time-consuming, and a general estimate comes to $10,000 for Phase I and II of the process. (We will update this amount as we receive bids for the work.) The school's proposed building project must be approved by the city of St. Paul and sites that are under review for heritage preservation would be much less likely to be approved for demolition. Thus, beginning this nomination process is a key step in protecting the beautiful site from irreversible loss.

Why is St. Andrew's eligible for Heritage Preservation? In a formal Historic Resources Survey completed in 1983, this Romanesque 1927 church building was declared “worthy of consideration for the National Register of Historic Places” and listed as a “Site of Major Significance”. While the 1983 assessment no longer has legal standing, if the church building were to be evaluated today we believe the analysis would arrive at the same conclusion. The building is described in Larry Millett’s American Institute of Architecture Guide to the Twin Cities as, “one of St. Paul’s best Period revival churches.”  

The design of the St. Andrew’s church building was done by a small pool of prominent 1920’s Twin Cities architects.  A history and check ledger, of the St. Andrew’s parish lists Charles Hausler as the architect of the church. Hausler was St. Paul’s first City architect (1914-22) and apprenticed under Clarence Johnston, Harry Wild Jones, and Louis Sullivan. Six of Hauser’s buildings are now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Larry Millett’s AIA Guide to the Twin Cities attributes the design to either Slifer & Abrahamson or John W. Wheeler.  Slifer & Abrahamson worked for Emmanuel Masqeray on the iconic St. Paul Cathedral, Minneapolis St. Mary’s Cathedral, and other buildings also listed on the National Register.  John Wheeler, a well-known Catholic architect, did work for St. Andrew’s and has eleven listings in the AIA Guide to the Twin Cities.  All of these architects were active at the time and were designing legacy civic or church buildings in Minnesota; as such, all would likely have been in the running for a commission like St. Andrew's.
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