25 Local Historic Sites Compete for $1M in Grants

The Partners in Preservation program has chosen 25 historic sites in the Twin Cities that will compete for a total of $1 million in preservation grants; residents can now vote on which sites will receive the grants.

Twenty-five historic sites in the Twin Cities have been selected to participate in the national Partners in Preservation program-which will award a total of $1 million in preservation grants to some of these sites.

Organizers of the program, American Express and Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation, announced the 25 sites on Tuesday. Twin Cities residents can now cast their votes for their favorite among the local historic places selected. Voting takes place on Facebook and is open through October 12.

Local historic sites were required to complete grant applications in order to be considered for the program. Applications were reviewed based on each site's historic significance and accessibility to the public, demonstration of community support and organizational excellence, and evidence of a coherent and sustainable preservation plan.

The historic place that receives the most votes will be guaranteed its grant request up to $125,000. The remainder of the $1 million in grants will be disbursed to several of the other sites following their review by American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and an advisory committee-which includes Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

Partners in Preservation was launched in 2006 and has since awarded $5.5 million toward the preservation of 56 historic places throughout the country. The Minneapolis-St. Paul area was selected in August to participate in the program. The program has previously awarded grants for preservation projects in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, and Greater Boston.

The 25 local historic sites that were selected and their locations are:

American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley
Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis
Chaska Athletic Park, Chaska
Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, St. Paul
C.S.P.S. Sokol Hall, St. Paul
Emerge Career and Technology Center (Old North Branch Library), Minneapolis
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Belle Plaine
Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul 
Fort Snelling Upper Post, Building 67, St. Paul
Harriet Tubman Center East (Former Saint Paul's Monastery), Minneapolis
Hennepin Center for the Arts, Minneapolis
Historic Pilot Knob, Mendota Heights
James J. Hill House, St. Paul
andmark Center, St. Paul
Mill Ruins Park, Minneapolis
Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis
Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, St. Paul
Minnesota Transportation Museum (Jackson Street Roundhouse), St. Paul
Pilgrim Baptist Church, St. Paul
Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, Minneapolis
The Soap Factory, Minneapolis
Washington County Historic Courthouse, Stillwater
Waterford Iron Bridge, Waterford Township
Wayzata Depot, Wayzata

To vote for your favorite site, click here. Residents can vote once per day through October 12 and must “like” Partners in Preservation on Facebook to be able to vote.