St. Paul congregation still eligible for preservation grants
Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill was one of 25 Twin Cities historic landmarks considered for a $100,000 grant from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Twin Cities residents were allowed to “vote” for their preferred recipient of these funds in a month-long Facebook contest.
The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis beat out such sites as the Fitzgerald Theater and the American Swedish Institute to receive the grant. All other groups, including Christ Lutheran, are still eligible for smaller grants that will be announced November 9.
Christ on Capitol Hill was organized as a congregation in 1869 to serve the growing Norwegian immigrant population. The cornerstone of its current building was laid in 1911, making this year its centennial anniversary, according to the Rev. Gary Dreier, pastor at Christ. Christ now houses a variety of service and advocacy organizations serving new immigrant communities.