2007 Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Awards

Historic Saint Paul was recently honored with an Award of Recognition from the Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission and the Saint Paul Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for promoting Saint Paul’s cultural and historic resources through the Tour Saint Paul neighborhood guides.

The series of five guides highlights landmarks in Saint Paul’s core neighborhoods and the people who have lived and worked there. The guides feature walking tours of the Lower East Side neighborhood, the West Side neighborhood and the Payne Avenue, Selby Avenue and Rice Street commercial corridors.

The neighborhood guides seek to enhance commercial revitalization efforts in lesser-known yet culturally and historically significant areas of Saint Paul. According to Michael Koop, a Historic Saint Paul board member, “a primary goal of the project was to increase the visibility and understanding of particular Saint Paul neighborhoods, and bring new audiences and revenue to cultural and heritage sites and areas.” The Tour Saint Paul guides maximize the potential of Saint Paul neighborhoods to attract visitors based on their unique cultural and historic resources.

The neighborhood guides project was made possible with the support of the City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR program and the Minnesota Humanities Commission. Additional support was provided by many volunteers and neighborhood organizations. Tour Saint Paul neighborhood guides can be obtained at several neighborhood institutions, Saint Paul Public Library branches and Saint Paul visitor information centers.