Historic Church in Shakopee

Update: This Church is No Longer for Sale

705 1st Ave, Shakopee, MN

Dan Peterson of Adam Commercial emailed me today to let me know about a historic building he has for sale in Shakopee. I am all about reuse of a building, instead of demolition, and even though I am still not quite sure about consecrated ground being used for other purposes, I would rather see it being renovated and saved, then deteriorating before my eyes.

Built in 1890 according to the Scott County Historical Society, this historic church is best known as St. John’s Lutheran Church. The church was first founded in 1860 as “The German Lutheran Church – St. Johannes”. It wasn’t until 1930 that the church became affiliated with the American Lutheran Church, and in 1940 that German services were discontinued (after 80 years of existence). In 1953, church services were moved to the present location on 8th St.

The building is currently used as a salon (Salon St. John), interior photographed below. As you can see, the current owner has done almost everything to preserve the interior character of the church, even making the salon mirrors in the same shape of the stain glass windows. The original murals are still present, too. Many updates have been completed, including modern mechanicals, upgraded electrical, kitchen, bathrooms, etc. With about 2700 square feet, the commercial building is for sale at $370,000.

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