Hamline to demolish presidential White House

Judy White, a former National Trust for Historic Preservation staffer — and daughter of former Hamline University president Paul Giddens — gives the Pioneer Press her thoughts on Hamline’s decision to raze the old presidential residence on campus,  where she lived for 18 years:

“Just from my perspective, it’s a very disappointing outcome. I’m a preservationist. I’ve rehabbed several houses. They didn’t try very hard to sell this house, or get it moved.”

Hamline officials tell the paper that the house, an 11-room Greek Revival building on Simpson and Hewitt avenues, has stood largely vacant since the late 1980s —  too expensive to renovate, and too large to move.

Read the full story here.

  • Anna Lucas

    I guess if the house had been built at the start of the university, it would probably be spared but since the newer generations don’t seem to have a sense of historical value, it will end up a victim of the wrecking ball.

    The artisans that built this house are probably no longer alive. It takes a great deal of imagination and carpentry skill to produce a house like this.

    In the ten years it has been “mostly vacant,” the best the university can come up with is to raze it to the ground for “green space?” Why didn’t they try to sell it or move it before now?

    What about renovating it and using it for housing for university law students? If the university can afford $36,000,000 to build a new student center, they can certainly afford to rehab a building with historic significance.

  • lsmith

    Wish we could see interior pictures. Maybe that would help tell the story.