Monday, January 15, 2007

Registered treasures -- Twenty visual reminders of Catholicism’s importance in Minnesota’s history


Over the years, 20 St Paul - Mpls Archdiocesan churches have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

“In essence, being listed on the register means the property is important in our history and worthy of preservation,” said Susan Roth, Minnesota Historical Society’s national register historian.

To be on the register, the building must have significance from historical, architectural, archaeological, engineering and cultural perspectives. Ordinarily, religious institution-owned properties are not considered for designation unless they demonstrate architectural and artistic value or are historically symbolic.

Although it’s a common misconception, register designation does not mean the property’s private owners cannot alter the building, or that it’s preserved forever, Roth said. “One needs to focus on the recognition and that the property is worthy of preservation, but in the end it’s the property owner’s responsibility . . . to maintain and preserve the property,” she said.

The following information came from the Minnesota Historical Society archives.

Assumption, St. Paul Built: 1870 to 1874

St. Casimir, St. Paul Built: 1904

St. Bernard, St. Paul Built: 1905 to 1914

St. Stephen, Minneapolis Built: 1889 to 1891

St. Agnes, St. Paul Built: 1901 to 1912

Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis Built: 1907 to 1914

Annunciation, Hazelwood Built: 1913

St. Mary’s Chapel, St. Paul Built: 1901 to 1905

St. Wenceslaus, New Prague Built: 1907

St. Nicholas, Carver Built: 1868

St. Luke, St. Paul Built: 1924

St. Hubert, Chanhassen Built: 1887

Most Holy Trinity, Veseli Built: 1905

St. Michael, St. Michael Built: 1890

Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul Built: 1906 to 1915

St. Peter, Mendota Built: 1830s to 1850s

St. Mary, New Trier Built: 1909

Our Lady of Victory Chapel, St. Paul Dedicated: 1924

Our Lady of Lourdes, Minneapolis Built: 1856

St. Mary of the Purification, Marystown Built: 1882

See The Catholic Spirit for photographs and descriptions of these beautiful churches. Who can tell us where Hazelwood and Marystown are without looking at the Spirit's article?

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