CHURCH OF THE INCARNATION
Leveraging history to increase service to the community
Church of the Incarnation
Historical research, evaluation of National Register of Historic Places eligibility, National Register nomination, City of Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) approvals
Understanding the history of a Minneapolis church opens doors to increasing important community services by bringing access to additional funding sources and facilitating local project approvals.
Designed by renowned architect Emmanuel Louis Masqueray in the early twentieth century, the Church of the Incarnation has been an icon in its South Minneapolis neighborhood for over 100 years. By 2019, the century-old church building and rectory were in need of maintenance and improvements to serve the parish’s large and diverse congregation and to expand its critical food distribution services.
Through archival research and on-site assessment, New History demonstrated the church’s eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places, positioning the church complex for National Register listing and its associated benefits. In addition to recognizing the buildings’ architectural significance, National Register listing can open doors to grants to fund physical improvements to the site. Additionally, New History navigated required city preservation approvals for exterior improvements that will allow this historic church to meet twenty-first-century needs, including accessibility and increased food shelf services.