School to demolish former St. Andrew church building

| August 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

The board of the Twin Cities German Immersion School in St. Paul, whose campus includes the former St. Andrew church in Como Park, voted July 30 to tear down its former church building to expand classroom space, despite the protests of preservation-minded neighbors.

School leaders cited the expense of upkeep and space inefficiency for its decision.

Community members had been fighting to keep the protect the 1927 building because of its historical significance to the neighborhood. Among them is retired priest Father John Forliti, who grew up attending St. Andrew.

“The [Save Historic St. Andrew’s] committee is still very much intent on trying to do what they can, if there is any way to save the building,” he said.

St. Andrew parish merged with Maternity of Mary in St. Paul in 2012. The German Immersion school has used the former church and school campus since 2013.

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