Historic Re-creations

by Leo Reck | Feb 13, 2013
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Summary:

Begin a continuing series of historic re-creation projects throughout the city as tourist attractions to help make Saint Paul a destination city.

1. From the Minnesota Historical Society archives select a number of classic homes/structures to be rebuilt.

2. Building exteriors would be as close as reasonably possible to the original, using modern materials and techniques.

3. The interiors would be entirely contemporary, designed to fit current living styles and space needs.

4. An interpretive center would be built on one of the sites that had suitable space. The various displays would provide an historical sketch of the structures' significance in Saint Paul, and of the development of the city generally. Two topographical displays contrasting the area from c.1800 (or earlier) with the present would be a unique feature, and a video would be helpful.

5. The homes could be sold to private parties for dwellings or business, or could be used by governmental or non-profit agencies for office space.

6. The first project should be a re-creation of the Hamm House overlooking Swede Hollow Park. The original home site is vacant and there would be adequate space for the interpretative center. An SHP cleanup would help as well.

7. A second project might be the rebuilding of the Lyman Dayton home at Third Street and Mounds Boulevard. A third possibility is the reconstruction of the Lafayette Park Fountain in the parking lot next to the DNR Building.

8. Students, interns and local "handymen" could be employed under the supervision of professional contractors and/or vocational instructors to do some of the work.

9. The tourist impact could be augmented by establishing information centers at strategic locations outside the city -- e.g., on I-94 east of St. Paul, on I-35 south of the city, etc. These sites could obviously be used to promote other St. Paul attractions as well. It might even be possible to utilize space at MnDoT Rest Areas.

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Historic Re-creations

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Begin a continuing series of historic re-creation projects throughout the city as tourist attractions to help make Saint Paul a destination city.
1. From the Minnesota Historical Society archives select a number of classic homes/structures to be rebuilt.
2. Building exteriors would be as close as reasonably possible to the original, using modern materials and techniques.
3. The interiors would be entirely contemporary, designed to fit current living styles and space needs.
4. An interpretive center would be built on one of the sites that had suitable space. The various displays would provide an historical sketch of the structures' significance in Saint Paul, and of the development of the city generally. Two topographical displays contrasting the area from c.1800 (or earlier) with the present would be a unique feature, and a video would be helpful.
5. The homes could be sold to private parties for dwellings or business, or could be used by governmental or non-profit agencies for office space.
6. The first project should be a re-creation of the Hamm House overlooking Swede Hollow Park. The original home site is vacant and there would be adequate space for the interpretative center. An SHP cleanup would help as well.
7. A second project might be the rebuilding of the Lyman Dayton home at Third Street and Mounds Boulevard. A third possibility is the reconstruction of the Lafayette Park Fountain in the parking lot next to the DNR Building.
8. Students, interns and local "handymen" could be employed under the supervision of professional contractors and/or vocational instructors to do some of the work.
9. The tourist impact could be augmented by establishing information centers at strategic locations outside the city -- e.g., on I-94 east of St. Paul, on I-35 south of the city, etc. These sites could obviously be used to promote other St. Paul attractions as well. It might even be possible to utilize space at MnDoT Rest Areas.

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

As far as I know, this kind of promotion has not been done elsewhere in the upper Midwest. Saint Paul played a special historical role as the gateway to the Northwest, and our city has a number of very attractive cultural, historic and natural features which are under promoted.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

With the right kind of development and promotion, Saint Paul could become much more of a destination city than it is now. If successful, this could have a powerful and positive impact on the business, commercial and cultural growth of our city.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Saint Paul residents would be awakened to some of the unique and special features of our city. The resulting elevation of civic pride could provide a number of positive and beneficial spinoffs -- like an increase in community service, better care of one's own private property, and maybe, even a decrease in crime, to name a few.

apolinario sasam said: This sounds great! I just love restoring some stuff from the past. It really is nostalgic, especially for stuff that has contributed ... about this Competition Entry. - 2711 days ago read more >

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