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Unity Church - Unitarian

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Identification

Unity Church - Unitarian
309374

Map

Structure in General

church
existing [completed]
steel
masonry
wood
limestone
exposed structure
applied masonry
light brown
neo-gothic
active heating (unspecified)
yes, partly available

Usages

church (unitarian)

Facts

  • The original Unity Church building was designed by Thomas Gannett Holyoke as he was leaving his position within Cass Gilbert's firm. The main sanctuary and bell tower were built during 1905 and 1906.
  • Part of the original design, the Sunday School wing projecting toward Grotto Street on the west was constructed from 1920 to 1923 under the supervision of Holyoke's partner, Magnus Jemne.
  • A major expansion to the north, called the Eliot Wing, was completed in 1957. This addition required the removal of two houses along Holly Avenue.
  • Designed by Hammel & Green, it was a modern building of one floor over a raised basement, designed to support an additional floor above. A horizontal course of windows just above ground allows ample light into the lower level.
  • A major fire damaged the chancel and the sanctuary roof on February 12, 1963. It was remodeled in a modern style by architect Richard Hammel.
  • The Eliot Wing was expanded in 1988 by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle. A second story with a pitched roof inspired by the original building was added. The Hammel & Green design largely disappeared.
  • The "St. Martin of Tours" windows were dedicated on February 15, 1925.

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Location

732-736 Holly Avenue
733-739 Portland Avenue, 30 North Grotto Street
732 Holly Avenue
55104
St. Paul
Minnesota
U.S.A.

Technical Data

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1905
1906
1988
0
$45,000

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