The Justus Ramsey House was a historical stone house that was nestled in the West Seventh Neighborhood of Saint Paul. The house has a rich history having been built in the early 1850s. Prior to the Pioneer Era, before the establishment of Saint Paul and Ramsey County, the area was known as Dakota and Anishinaabe land. The home withstood various economic and cultural shifts from agriculture, industrial and rail system growth and decline, to current day hospitality and entertainment district within the growing community known as the West Seventh Neighborhood. The house was listed as one of Minnesota’s National Registered Historic Places in 1975, and was twice designated a Saint Paul Heritage Designation Site by the City of Saint Paul. As such, that designation placed the house in a protected status.
However, due to various challenges and after lengthy efforts to preserve the house where it stood, the house needed to be methodically and expertly deconstructed in the winter of 2023. A group of diverse community partners and stakeholders, who value the preservation of history and innovation, responded by forming a team of fourteen to create and oversee a Request for Proposal process. The team includes members of the West 7th/Fort Road Federation (District Council 9) and Historic St. Paul. Their ultimate goal is to see the house reconstructed with an inclusive interpretation within the City of Saint Paul.
Link to Request for Proposals for the reconstruction of the Justus Ramsey House
Link to some highlights of Saint Paul History through the lens of the Justus Ramsey House