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The Payne Avenue State Bank building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places based on the building’s significant contribution to the Swedish-American immigrant community. The Beaux-Arts exterior has retained a great deal of integrity over time and the quality of design, workmanship, and materials is apparent. The goal of the rehabilitation of the Swedish Bank Building, located in the East Side neighborhood of St. Paul, will be to reclaim the building’s historic grandeur, bring vitality to the street, and to establish it as a neighborhood resource.
The first step was a detailed condition assessment of the building and key elements such as the terra cotta, the wood windows, the columns, and the glazed brick. Historically sensitive and appropriate repair treatments were then developed that allowed much of the existing materials to remain in place. Repair treatments utilized included select re-pointing, select brick replacement, terra cotta patching and crack injection, and wood consolidation and patching of sashes.
CDG strove to keep the introduction of new elements to a minimum and, when needed, those elements were to be subservient to the architecture of the building. Of note, we located the elevator tower on the very rear of the building and chose material and colors to compliment the existing building while clearly defining the addition as modern. Much of this project included undoing and repairing previously ill-conceived remodeling. As a historic tax credit project, the plans and drawings were reviewed by the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service. Through much collaboration at all levels, we were able to use the building’s existing historic character and details to reinvigorate the building.
Collaborative Design Group provided architecture, structural engineering, interior design, and historic preservation services to rehabilitate the building for future retail, office, and community use.