We’ve been busy

SHSA members are volunteers who have donated sweat, tears, money, family time, free time and PTO hours to the cause.  We’ve spent hundreds of hours organizing, researching, canvassing, calling, protesting, listening, discussing, meeting, learning, and fighting TCGIS’ demolition plan. We’ve also found potential solutions for TCGIS to consider, all which have been rejected.

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St. Paul’s Heritage Preservation Commission voted 8 to 1 in favor of making St. Andrews a Heritage Preservation Site


Some of our activities:

  • Attend District 10 (D10) and TCGIS meetings

  • Authored op-ed for St. Paul Pioneer Press

  • Built a mailing list

  • Conducted a Community Forum

  • Distributed over 150 lawn signs throughout Como Park

  • Gathered input from neighborhood preservation organizations and groups

  • Hosted dinner and ice cream social to encourage participation between neighborhood and TCGIS.

  • Literature drops of hundreds of flyers

  • Letter writing campaigns

  • Located St. Andrew’s architect Charles Hausler’s granddaughter through a genealogy search

  • Weekly SHSA meetings

  • Media outreach and interviews

  • Neighborhood door knocking

  • Offered to host a “design charette” to brainstorm solutions for TCGIS, free of charge

  • Planning and fundraising

  • Peaceful protests

  • Received over 600 petition signatures

  • Research

  • Social media outreach via Facebook pages and website

  • Worked with city officials from Department of Safety & Inspections, Planning & Economic Development, and Heritage Preservation Commission


Community Forum

In October, SHSA held its first community forum attended by nearly 100 people that included an impressive speaker panel that addressed myths of heritage preservation, our nomination submitted to the Heritage Preservation Commission, and adaptive reuse options.

The speakers included:

Thomas Fisher, Director, Minnesota Design Center at the U of M, and Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design. Mr. Fisher is a graduate of Cornell University (architecture) and Case Western Reserve University (Intellectual History). Fisher met with TCGIS leaders to explore basic design constraints and expressed his belief that with appropriate help a design could be found that would meet the school’s programmatic and financial requirements while simultaneously saving St. Andrew’s from demolition. 

Click here to view Thomas Fisher’s presentation.

Rolf Anderson, Architectural historian.  Mr. Anderson was the lead consultant for our historic designation study, which led to the nomination of St. Andrews for historic preservation. He has extensive experience in designation research and is program chair for the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Click here to view Rolf Anderson’s presentation.

Bob Roscoe has had an extensive career working in architecture and preservation and served for 21 years on the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission. He knows what is at risk when our historical landscapes are erased, what is gained when they are preserved, and how to persevere through contentious disagreements. We are grateful that he was one of our 'first-responders’ once we learned of demolition.

Click here to view Bob Roscoe’s presentation.

Roy Neal, Co-founder of Historic Hamline Village, board member of the Hamline University Neighborhood Advisory Committee (HUNAC), founding member Save Our St. Paul Neighborhoods and SHSA member.  Roy is an advocate and community organizer on historic preservation and environmental sustainability, has a BA in history, and has worked in historic sites for the Minnesota Historical Society.

Click here to view Roy Neal’s presentation

Kevin Anderson, SHSA member and our subject-matter expert on zoning and variance procedures.

Click here to view Kevin Anderson’s presentation.

Anna Mosser, Professor at the U of M, SHSA member, historic designation project lead. Anna was the emcee for this forum.

At the conclusion of this event, Thomas Fisher and other notable architects offered to do a collaborative design exploration in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map out and refine these solutions. TCGIS declined this offer.

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