Statement on 1721 Princeton, St. Paul

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Release dated: 
November 14, 2014
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Statement on 1721 Princeton, St. Paul

Preservation is at the heart of the Minnesota Historical Society's mission. We are committed philosophically, as well as by state and federal legislation, to preserving Minnesota's historic properties as tangible representations of our heritage. Our staff works hard every day on projects large and small in communities all around the state.

Historic preservation occurs at multiple levels: federal, state, and local. MNHS is the home of Minnesota’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), which administers the federal preservation program in the state.

The SHPO staff is a capable and experienced team deeply committed to historic preservation and to serving the people of Minnesota. They respond to citizens who are concerned about Minnesota's historic resources. They may be reached at mnshpo@mnhs.org or 651-259-3450.

In the situation surrounding the house at 1721 Princeton, historic preservation staff would advise that preservation efforts focus on the local level of zoning and permitting, in part because the house is not a designated landmark and has not been evaluated for potential significance.

We recommend that concerned citizens utilize local resources that may provide assistance in this situation. They include:

  • St. Paul Planning Commission's neighborhood planning subcommittee (651-266-6567): project review.
  • Macalester-Groveland Community Council (651-695-4000): neighborhood development concerns.
  • St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commission (651- 266-9078): local landmark designation.
  • Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (651.293.9047): advocacy and public policy.

Longer term, we stand ready to advise regarding the process for determining eligibility for national recognition of a site or district.

Regarding our employee, it is inappropriate for us to address this concern with her. It is not related to her job or position responsibilities, but relates to lawful activity she is undertaking as a private citizen.

As the robust discussion surrounding this house demonstrates, when citizens come together to express concerns related to historic preservation, it presents a welcome opportunity to discuss our shared history and its importance.