Published on: Thu, 09/27/2007 - 08:39
Over 120 guests joined hosts Richard and Nancy Nicholson on September 14th for a fund-raiser to support the work of Historic Saint Paul. Although the event was billed as An Evening on the Veranda, cool weather forced the party-goers inside Dove Hill. No one complained, however, as the remarkably restored home on Summit Avenue proved a fitting backdrop for a celebration of Saint Paul’s historic buildings.
Music by Parisota Hot Club entertained guests as they enjoyed appetizers and drinks and socialized prior to remarks by Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Thomas Fisher, the Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Both Coleman and Fisher remarked that the city’s unique architecture contribute to our high quality of life. Fischer related the College of Design’s preservation work across the globe, but stated that Saint Paul is distinctive in its commitment to preservation.
Carol Carey, the Executive Director of Historic Saint Paul, then remarked that through its programming, Historic Saint Paul empowers property owners to preserve and restore the historic character of their buildings. She noted that Historic Saint Paul does not work exclusively with architectural showpieces in the city’s hallmark historic districts. More typically, the organization assists owners of modest vernacular homes and commercial buildings preserve the fabric of Saint Paul’s lesser-known, but historically significant core neighborhoods.
Historic Saint Paul would like to thank those who attended and contributed to the fund-raiser. We would especially like to thank our event sponsors. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, Historic Saint Paul raised over $12,500 to support its neighborhood preservation, advocacy, education and cultural heritage outreach programs.