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The Cathedral Heritage Foundation is a non-profit, non-sectarian, historic preservation, cultural and arts organization established to meet the objectives of restoring and preserving the national historic treasure of the Cathedral of Saint Paul for generations to come and to provide leadership in developing educational programs to showcase the cultural, historic, and artistic influence of the Cathedral on people throughout the world.

Beginning with the festive laying of its cornerstone in 1907, the present Cathedral of Saint Paul serves as an important part of the civic community. It is a popular destination for local students and artists as well as for tourists from around the world. It is included on the National Register of Historic Places and draws over 200,000 visitors each year. The architectural engineering and heroic labors it took to build the Cathedral make it an important piece of our region's history. It is a worthy successor to the simple log chapel of 1841 that gave the city its name. In a country without a very long history, there are many lessons still to be learned in the continual care and upkeep required by a building made to stand for many centuries. It is hoped that a greater awareness about this monument will generate an enthusiastic response to the difficult but rewarding task of preserving the Cathedral for the appreciation of future generations. We can hardly let the commitment of the pioneers, immigrants, parishioners, and philanthropists over the course of its first hundred years be left unmatched by the present beneficiaries of their imagination and sacrifices.

Please visit our Restore & Preserve page for more information about how you can be a part of the legacy of the Cathedral of Saint Paul.


Board of Curators

Julie C. Brady
Dr. John A. Dowdle
Barbara H. Dries
Dr. David Dries
Daniel "Tad" Eldredge
Brian Harens
Mary Harens
Dr. Frank J. Indihar
David Marquette
James R. Miller
Richard H. Nicholson
Alvina L. O'Brien
Mary Ann Okner
Robert L. Lee
Patrick M. Ryan
Mary E. Schaffner, Chair/CEO
Very Rev. John L. Ubel

Founding Curators:

Pierson M. Grieve
Rev. Joseph R. Johnson
Lawrence J. McGough

"If the dome of the Cathedral of Saint Paul and that of the new State Capitol were part of the skyline of a city in Europe,they would be world famous." Cass Gilbert, Architect of the Minnesota State Capitol and the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.

"The Cathedral of Saint Paul reflects the efforts, accomplishments, and dreams of Minnesotans over several generations. An architectural landmark, the Cathedral keeps alive memories that have shaped our cultural identity. This majestic building inspires a commitment to preserve this very special place." Nina Archabal, Director, Minnesota Historical Society