House of Hope Presbyterian Church

St. Paul, Minnesota

The buildings that now comprise the Church were built in several phases beginning with the Sanctuary and Parish House in 1914 and construction was completed on the Education Wing in 1958. The church building is a Gothic structure designed by Ralph Adams Cram. The façade generally consists of olithic limestone with isolated areas of clay brick and granite.

Studies performed during 2006, 2008, and 2011 revealed that significant efforts were recommended to restore the building.

In the spring of 2011, work began on the complete building envelope (roofs and walls) restoration. RSI performed roof design services for the installation of a new slate roof and is providing inspections services for the new roof that is currently under construction and will be 90% complete by this fall.

In addition, RSI is performing roof facade consulting and design services for the building’s limestone facade restoration. The entire facade will be restored via historically appropriate pantina mortars, Dutchman’s repairs, stone patching restoration mortars, and isolated unit fabrication and replacement culminating in a thorough but gentle cleaning to restore the breathability and water management capability of the stone. Completion of the entire restoration is scheduled for the fall of 2012.