Minnesota Historical Society Makes Offer to Acquire Property Directly Across from History Center

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Release dated: 
November 4, 2015
Media contacts: 

Lory Sutton, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3140, lory.sutton@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society Makes Offer to Acquire Property Directly Across from History Center

The property at 328 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul, will help alleviate parking and space issues

The Minnesota Historical Society has prepared an offer to purchase the Hayden Center from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The property is located at 328 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul, directly across the street from the Minnesota History Center.

“We see the purchase of this property as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” said Steve Elliott, Director and CEO. “The unique location next to the History Center and near the James J. Hill House will help us address parking, space and storage issues.”

MNHS is offering $4.5 million for the property which includes a 129-space parking lot and a 3-story (2 1/2 above ground), approximately 60,000-square-foot building.

In the past year, the History Center’s parking lot overflowed at 52 separate events, inconveniencing many guests. The Hayden Center parking lot will provide a convenient parking option for guests visiting the History Center and Hill House. The Hayden Center building will be used for offices, meetings and storage. The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has included in the purchase agreement a 12-month lease for their continued use of the building. This lease will offset operating costs, while MNHS finalizes plans for its use of the building.

The purchase of the property was approved by the MNHS Executive Council using unrestricted, non-state funds.

The purchase must go through U.S. Bankruptcy Court before it can be finalized.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.