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Last building on BLOCK 5: Lost Heritage & Trust

Last building on BLOCK 5: Lost Heritage & Trust

BY HARVEY WINJE Messiah Lutheran Evangelical Church Pastor, Dr. Rev. Leonard Kendall, (1943-1953) instilled is us students many tenets of Lutheranism and the Bible, but outstanding to me, 65 years later, is that we must always trust that the teacher, the leader, will always “have our back.” Trust like that in church, government and [...]

Letter to the Editor: While hoping for Sale, Messiah’s pianos to kids, hymnals to Africa, music to churches, and archives to smaller boxes

Dear Editor, After speaking to you, I hear that here are many issues involved in the possible sale of the Historic Messiah Church. I wish to address just one assumption from your paper.  As a long-time member of Messiah, I was very hurt by the intimation that we would “trash” our beautiful sanctuary. To me it seems inevitable that we will [...]

How about a partnership to restore and/or repurpose?

BY JANA METGE So, I have to vent. I was baptized and confirmed Lutheran. The leadership at Messiah Lutheran Church here in Phillips plans to demolish this gorgeous church located at 25th and Columbus. It is a Harry Wild Jones design. Few left in this city. Look at the fabulous pipe organ. This is such waste and  disrespect. Demolish something [...]

Messiah: Raised or Razed?

Messiah: Raised or Razed?

Messiah Church’s compelling interior Architectural Art by ArchitectHarry Wild Jones UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE MESSIAH PROPERTY, Nov. 30, 2017: When a property owner applies for a demolition permit, it is checked for inclusion on a list of buildings “of historic interest” and if on that list the Mpls. Heritage Preservation Commission is [...]

Nov. 30th Meal, Meeting, & Vote: The Roof Depot Site: East Phillips Institute 3 Acre Plan Decision

Nov. 30th Meal, Meeting, & Vote: The Roof Depot Site: East Phillips Institute 3 Acre Plan Decision

Aerial concept rendering by DJR Architects of the 7 Acre former Roof Depot site with the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute’s 3 Acre Plan shown in color. BY BRAD PASS An estimated two hundred community members came together on the last day of November to hear two plans, the City Plan and the Community Plan, for the Roof Depot Site at the [...]

Transit: Reduced Schedules and Minimal Shelters

BY JOHN CHARLES WILSON Good news for Nicollet Mall bus riders: The Hennepin Avenue detour that has plagued you for the past two years finally ends the 2nd of December! My primary topic this month is “Reduced Service” days, which vary from year to year but usually include Black Friday, Christmas Eve (or the day after Christmas if Christmas is [...]

November 2017 Alley Newspaper

November 2017 Alley Newspaper

Transit Streetcars, Light Rail

Transit Streetcars, Light Rail

BY JOHN CHARLES WILSON There is no directly Phillips-related transit news this month, so I’d like to take this opportunity to write about streetcars. As you may know, the Riverview Corridor Advisory Committee is proposing a modern streetcar line down West 7th Street connecting the Green Line in downtown Saint Paul with the Blue Line at Fort [...]

The Roof Depot Site: Thursday, Nov. 30th Mtg. at EPCCC 6:30 PM

The Roof Depot Site: Thursday, Nov. 30th Mtg. at EPCCC 6:30 PM

What do we want? A Change for the Better or More of the Same? Come to a Community Meeting to express your thoughts and help us seek a positive and healthy future! Thursday, November 30th at 6:30 PM at the East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center. By Carol Pass, “Public participation is based on the belief that those who are [...]

A Jones Sanctuary Masterpiece – Messiah’s Church – Boarded and Unheated?

A Jones Sanctuary Masterpiece – Messiah’s Church – Boarded and Unheated?

Drawing done by Harry Wild Jones nationally famous, church Architect BY HARVEY WINJE On October 10, Minneapolis’ Heritage Preservation Commission voted unanimously to designate Messiah Lutheran Church. Their findings indicate that the church met at least three of the six criteria designated for landmark status. Those criteria are: 1). its [...]

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