Publications

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Foreclosure Response: Opportunities for the Rehabilitation of Older and Historic Properties

Rehabilitating older and historic housing has many community benefits and personal rewards, but also poses significant technical, financial, and regulatory challenges.

This spring, Greg Donofrio’s graduate course in preservation planning researched innovative policies and best practices currently used in other cities to facilitate the rehabilitation of abandoned and neglected housing.

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Foreclosure Response: Opportunities for the Rehabilitation of Older and Historic Properties

Rehabilitating older and historic housing has many community benefits and personal rewards, but also poses significant technical, financial, and regulatory challenges.

This spring, Greg Donofrio’s graduate course in preservation planning researched innovative policies and best practices currently used in other cities to facilitate the rehabilitation of abandoned and neglected housing.

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Renovating your home to Preserve Character and Improve Energy Efficiency

Tips on home improvements to roofs, exterior walls, windows, porches, and doors, and keeping the character of your home intact while saving money and energy.

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Discovering your house style: Frogtown

Learn about historic housing styles in Frogtown!

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Tour Saint Paul: Dayton's Bluff

Tour Saint Paul: Dayton’s Bluff
Audio Walking Tour of Dayton’s Bluff
Heritage Preservation District

Historic Saint Paul is trying something new!
Please download our audio walking tour files, and enjoy an architectural tour of the Dayton’s Bluff Heritage Preservation District. Click on samples files for a preview and download attached files below:

Spring 2009

Preservation Journal:Fall 2008

  • 4th Street Preservation Project
  • Historic Preservation Chapter added to Comprehensive Plan
  • Raspberry Island
  • Windows 101
  • Ackerman Building
  • West Side’s Green Stairs
  • Head House Update
  • Vacant Building Data
  • West Side’s Riverview Commercial Club

Download the Fall 2008 Preservation Journal to read more!

Preservation Journal: Spring 2008

Preservation Journal: Spring 2008

The Minnesota Milk Company: Art Deco on the Avenue

by Michael Koop

In 2006, St. Paul-based Old Home Foods closed its production plant located on the southeast corner of University and Western Avenues.

Preservation Journal: Fall 2007

Preservation Journal: Fall 2007

Vacant Housing in Saint Paul: An Opportunity for Historic Preservation

by Paul Singh

The number of vacant residential properties in Saint Paul has more than doubled over the past year. There are currently more than 1,200 vacant single-family homes and duplexes in the city. This trend is fueled by foreclosures and the recent decline in the housing market. These vacant homes are overwhelmingly concentrated in Saint Paul’s core neighborhoods: West Seventh, Summit-University, Frogtown, the North End, Payne-Phalen and Dayton’s Bluff.

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Preservation Development Initiative Report

In May, 2002 Saint Paul was named as a demonstration site in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Development Initiatives (PDI) program. The PDI program, made possible by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is designed to incorporate historic preservation into community and economic development strategies.

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Mapping Historic Preservation Potential

Restore Saint Paul: Mapping Historic Preservation Potential employs a geographical information system (GIS) analysis of property information, demographics and local data to identify neighborhoods that are challenged by disinvestment, yet are endowed with historic resources.