Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis

Built in 1910 and designed by Edwin Hawley Hewitt, St. Mark’s has been in Minneapolis for quite a while, and is in fact celebrating its 150th birthday this year. The church has an amazing history. Originally the church was located in downtown Minneapolis, but commerce forced the church to move to a location where parishioners could more easily access the parish. As luck would have it, the downtown land was worth a quarter of a million dollars, giving the church much needed money to relocate, and a generous parishioner sealed the deal when she offered part of her Loring Park estate for sale to the church.

Designed in the Gothic style, even though it was decades past the actual Gothic period, the building is extremely large and imposing. Sitting on top of a hill, the church overlooks Loring Park and the Walker Art Center. It is hard to photograph because it sits on a busy intersection and the best photo would probably come from the middle of the street, but there are also many large trees surrounding the cathedral which make it hard to see the great architectural details.

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