Partners in Preservation awards final grants to Twin Cities historic sites

Last month Partners in Preservation announced the Basilica of St. Mary was the winning recipient of its grant challenge, awarding it $110,000 to repair and preserve its building.

This morning, Partners in Preservation announced the allocation of the remaining $1 million in grant money to historic and culturally significant sites across the Twin Cities.

Here are the results:

The Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis: $110,000 to repair the Narthex and the Sacristy of the Basilica, including the repair of decorative ceilings, limestone walls and damaged plaster and restoring the historic paint and gold leaf found throughout the structure.

Emerge Career and Technology Center, Minneapolis: $110,000 to restore the library’s ornate interior, including surviving 1893 interior woodwork, flooring and plaster walls, along with its distinctive wood windows.

Waterford Iron Bridge, Waterford Township: $95,000 to remove and replace the cracked southeast wing wall.

American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis: $90,000 to restore the historic first floor kitchen, dry storage room and butler’s pantry to their original condition.

Pilgrim Baptist Church, Saint Paul: $86,000 to repair heavily damaged sections of brick masonry on the exterior of the building.

Harriet Tubman Center East, Maplewood: $84,000 to update the Center’s public restroom facilities at the first floor.

C.S.P.S. Sokol Hall, Saint Paul: $80,000 to install an air conditioning system in the second floor auditorium, which will allow the space to be used for public events year-round.

Historic Pilot Knob, Mendota Heights: $75,000 to bury existing power lines that currently disrupt the natural landscape.

The Soap Factory, Minneapolis: $70,000 toward the repair of the failing roof of the main building.

Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, Saint Paul: $50,000 for brick masonry repair and the repair of the church’s prominent concrete columns that define the main entrance of the church.

Fort Snelling Upper Post, Building 67, Hennepin County: $40,000 to restore the rare historic Seth Thomas/Hotchkiss model clock in the clock tower.

Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, Saint Paul: $30,000 to achieve the original architectural vision for the historic ramp with the installation of tower lights and new fencing that is in character with the 1937 structure.

Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, Minneapolis: $20,000 toward the removal, cleaning, repair and reinstalling of the cemetery’s historic fence.

In addition, the remaining 12 finalists, listed below, will each receive $5,000:

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley

Chaska Athletic Field, Chaska

Episcopal Church of Transfiguration, Belle Plaine

Fitzgerald Theater, Saint Paul

Hennepin Center for the Arts, Minneapolis

James J. Hill House, Saint Paul

Landmark Center, Saint Paul

Mill Ruins Park, Minneapolis

Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis

Minnesota Transportation Museum, Saint Paul

Washington County Historic Courthouse, Stillwater

Wayzata Depot, Wayzata

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