1970's photo of 412 Goodrich by architectural historian Tom Lutz
1970's photo of 412 Goodrich by architectural historian Tom Lutz

The historic John Lewis House at 412 Goodrich Avenue is a one-story, wood-frame, Greek Revival-style, pre-Civil War structure built in 1856 – two years before Minnesota became a state. It is one of the oldest residences remaining in the city of Saint Paul.

This small (approximately 800 sf) house, vacant since the end of 2015, was threatened with imminent demolition in the summer of 2017 due to its poor condition and Saint Paul’s vacant building policies.

A group of preservation-minded neighbors involved in Little Bohemia Neighborhood Association (LBNA) intervened to save the 162-year-old dwelling. Historic Saint Paul (HSP) agreed to partner with them to find a way to rehabilitate it, the city temporarily delayed pending demolition orders, and the property owner donated the house to Historic Saint Paul last November.

Since then LBNA and HSP have been working on plans and raising funds to rehabilitate the house to cover the difference between the total cost of development and the expected sale price of the house. To date we have secured over $20,000 in financial contributions, pro-bono architectural services and donated materials to help implement the period-appropriate plans. See architectural plans prepared by John Yust.

Here's how you can help:
To continue to stave off demolition, begin construction this spring, and complete the project we need to raise approximately $40,000 more. Next month we will be hosting a fundraiser to help reach this goal, and we are currently seeking pledges to help us achieve it.

Contributions can be made directly at the following link. You may also call or email the HSP office (see contact information below) to make a pledge or if you would like more information about the project. 


Why is it important to preserve the John Lewis House?

  • It’s a rare and important artifact, a link to and signifier, of our city’s early history, a keen reminder that our past is part of our present and future.
  • It’s better, greener, and less expensive to reuse, recycle, and rehab than to raze, landfill, and build new.
  • It makes our neighborhood and city more interesting – and provides an opportunity for small house living.

412 Goodrich in the news...
Pioneer Press 10/26/17
TPT Almanac featuring Waldmann and 412 Goodrich

  • John Lewis House marker
    John Lewis House marker
  • 2012 Goodrich Model
    2012 Goodrich Model
  • 412 Goodrich Model
    412 Goodrich Model
  • Donated period doors
    Donated period doors
  • Period Hardware
    Period Hardware
  • Property Abstract
    Property Abstract

You Can Help!


Please click the Donate Now button to contribute via PayPal. Thank You!

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Save 412 Goodrich!
11/05/2017 - 3:00pm