Hope Engine Co. No. 3

HSP worked with a coalition of organizations in 2016 to successfully prevent the planned demolition of the city's oldest surviving municipal building -- the Hope Engine Company No. 3 fire station built in 1872. A new owner planned to raze the building, located at 1 Leech Street -- just west of the intersection of West Seventh Street and Grand Avenue, to make way for a new hotel. But a lawsuit filed by HSP and several community organizations led to negotiations and a settlement resulting in the incorporation of the fire station into the new hotel development. This instance is a great example of how preservation and development can be integrated for a win-win, better projects that preserve historic resources and enrich the cultural and visual fabric of the city.  It also underlines the importance of a legal framework for preservation and the power and effectiveness of small organizations collaborating.

  • The current Hope Engine Co. No. 3 as the Pioneer Fire Station #3, 1 Leech Street, St. Paul, 1936.
    The current Hope Engine Co. No. 3 as the Pioneer Fire Station #3, 1 Leech Street, St. Paul, 1936.
  • Saint Paul historian Jim Sazevich and young helper address in 2016 a community gathering to protest the threatened demolition of Hope Engine Co. No. 3, the city's oldest municipal building, constructed in 1872.
    Saint Paul historian Jim Sazevich and young helper address in 2016 a community gathering to protest the threatened demolition of Hope Engine Co. No. 3, the city's oldest municipal building, constructed in 1872.
  • Hope Engine Co. #3, rally on March 20, 2016.
    Hope Engine Co. #3, rally on March 20, 2016.
  • Mark Fangmeier, Tom Brock, and Elyse Jensen standing in front of Hope Engine Co. no. 3 during the March 2016 rally
    Mark Fangmeier, Tom Brock, and Elyse Jensen standing in front of Hope Engine Co. no. 3 during the March 2016 rally

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