1970's photo of 412 Goodrich by architectural historian Tom Lutz
1970's photo of 412 Goodrich by architectural historian Tom Lutz

The historic John Lewis House at 412 Goodrich Avenue is a one-story, wood-frame, Greek Revival-style, pre-Civil War structure built in 1856 – two years before Minnesota became a state. It is one of the oldest residences remaining in the city of Saint Paul.

This small (approximately 800 sf) house, vacant since the end of 2015, was threatened with imminent demolition in the summer of 2017 due to its poor condition and Saint Paul’s vacant building policies.

A group of preservation-minded neighbors involved in Little Bohemia Neighborhood Association (LBNA) intervened to save the 163-year-old dwelling. Historic Saint Paul (HSP) agreed to partner with them to find a way to rehabilitate it, the city temporarily delayed pending demolition orders, and the property owner donated the house to Historic Saint Paul.

Over the past two years LBNA and HSP developed plans to rebuild the structure, including period-appropriate finishes and all new mechanical systems. A thorough investigation revealed the need for a new foundation and reconstruction of the rear addition. We then raised over $90,000 in financial and in-kind contributions required to cover the difference between the total cost of development and the sale price of the house. 

See architectural plans prepared by John Yust.

Explore the John and Ann Lewis House in its current condition in 3D

Here's how you can help:

Please contribute today to help us save this important piece of Saint Paul History!

Why is it important to preserve the John Lewis House?

  • It’s a rare and important artifact, a link to and signifier, of our city’s early history, a keen reminder that our past is part of our present and future.
  • It’s better, greener, and less expensive to reuse, recycle, and rehab than to raze, landfill, and build new.
  • It makes our neighborhood and city more interesting – and provides an opportunity for small house living.

412 Goodrich in the news...
Pioneer Press 10/26/17
TPT Almanac featuring Waldmann and 412 Goodrich

  • John Lewis House marker
    John Lewis House marker
  • 2012 Goodrich Model
    2012 Goodrich Model
  • 412 Goodrich Model
    412 Goodrich Model
  • Donated period doors
    Donated period doors
  • Period Hardware
    Period Hardware
  • Property Abstract
    Property Abstract