January 2019 – Preservation

RCHS Facebook Posts from January 2019 – Preservation in Ramsey County & Minnesota

Explore history with these snippets from past Facebook posts from the RCHS page.

Posts, event announcements, etc. have been edited for clarity and relevance.

With a little attention and care, our history flourishes. Follow us this month as we provide details on some of the most significant preservation projects in Ramsey County & Minnesota. We’re starting with the State Capitol, where part of its recent restoration involved regilding the Quadriga sculpture above the south entrance. Did you know the four horses represent earth, wind, fire and water? Find preservation links @ http://bit.ly/2BsB5h8

Are you an architect, historian, Art Deco enthusiast, historical preservationist or just have admiration for our Twin Cities history? Then check out the RCHS publication “Custom House: Restoring A St. Paul Landmark in Lowertown.” — http://bit.ly/2EBpAIu —a well-illustrated, exhaustively- researched account of Custom House’s beginnings.

The historical Art Deco Custom House along the Mississippi had once been the third busiest United States Post Office depot in the country (next to Chicago and New York City!). After breaking ground in 1932, this hard-working building had a long of life managing mail coast-to-coast for 79 years. Experience the Custom House’s history in its entirety with this RCHS publication @ http://bit.ly/2EBpAIu

It’s truly remarkable how the 1850’s structures around Irvine Park are concentrated in one district and managed to escape the unstoppable advance of urban progress. Do you have a favorite architectural gem in this area? We’ll be diving into the foundational history of two specific homes this week that have been preserved. Image: A house being restored in Irvine Park in 1889 from RCHS Collection.

Built by the highly-regarded carpenter Alanzo Eaton and later owned by local hotel proprietor James Myler, the Eaton-Myler house of Irvine Park once stood on the corner of Forbes and West Seventh Street. The house was saved in 1981 after being moved to its current location at 53 Irvine Park due to intensive lobbying and efforts. This demonstrates how crucial preservation is and the passion residents have for it. Discover more homes from Irvine Park @ http://bit.ly/2Ex15w9

The Stilwell Hankey house was built by master carpenter Hiram Stilwell in the 1850’s and remains the only house on its block to this day. The beautiful handmade hardwood flooring still remains even after the second owner Frank Hankey, as well as countless following owners, made additions/alterations starting in 1885. Have you seen this house when visiting Irvine Park? Discover more homes @ http://bit.ly/2Ex15w9

On this day, we are all reminded of the vision and profound words of Martin Luther King Jr. Let’s not forget that we can preserve words as much as our own buildings and parks when we take the time to share them and keep them alive.

The St. Paul Winter Carnival began in 1886 with architect Charles Joy and his insider-information that the Montreal winter carnival was being cancelled that particular year. Charles suggested that St. Paul create its own festivities, and Winter Carnival has continued ever since. Will you be attending this year? Factor visiting the Landmark Center into your plans, because we’re showcasing unique Winter Carnival pieces of history that’ll enhance your experience! Learn more about the history of Ice Palaces before-hand @ http://bit.ly/2UQuvdn Image: Ice palace with Landmark Center in background, from RCHS Collection.

A single $1 in 1972, backed by determined citizens and organizations, secured the fate of the historic Landmark Center and its ability to serve the residents of St. Paul as a center for culture and special events. Ramsey County Historical Society became one of the first tenants and still is to this day. Get the full story of preservation from Bob Roscoe @ http://bit.ly/2EyZ2aJ.

The Landmark Center began as a huge 2.5-million-dollar project, built from 1892-1902, serving as the Federal Court House and Post Office for the entire upper Midwest. Once saved from a wrecking ball in 1972, pieces still needed to be restored, including stained glass, wood floors and marble walls. If you want to learn more about historical preservation efforts, visit http://bit.ly/2SO0XeG.

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