Historic Districts and Sites

Historic resources are protected in Saint Paul as designated historic sites (often a single property), or as designated historic districts (often a collection of properties and public spaces that are together historically significant). Those sites and districts can be created at the local level (by the City of Saint Paul), created at the state level (by the State Historic Preservation Office) or created at a national level (by the US Department of the Interior).  

The map directly below combines these categorizations, and is designed to display all types of designated districts and sites in the City of Saint Paul.

 

Historic Districts and Sites: Online Tools

Interactive Map of Local, State and National Districts and Sites

Use the map below to find historic districts and sites in the City of Saint Paul.  

Tips for using the map:

  • The search field in the upper right can be used to search for specific addresses.  
  • Click the arrows at top left to see a legend and to turn individual layers on and off.  
  • Using the + and - buttons at the top left allows you to zoom in and out on the map.
  • Click and drag the map to pan.
  • Click on a district or site to see more information on that district or site in a popup window.  
  • If you clicked near multiple districts or sites, an arrow may appear near the top of the popup information window; click the arrow to see additional popup information. 
  • When you zoom in to an area of a couple blocks width or less, parcel boundaries and street addresses will become visible. 
  • full screen version of this map is also available.

 

Review of State and National Historic Properties: Properties where state law requires environmental review prior to any type of demolition (EAW Review Areas)

Under state rules, certain historically-designated properties are subject to a special review prior to any kind of demolition (see Minnesota Statutes 116D.04 and Minnesota Rule 4410.4300 Subp. 31). The review takes the form of what is known as an "Environmental Assessment Worksheet" (EAW). In Saint Paul, the Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED) oversees the process for review.  Our staff are here to help you through this state review process.

The areas highlighted in the map below are subject to this state review.  Specifically, these are areas where the property is in a state or nationally-designated historic district, or is a state or nationally-designated historic site, but it is not in a locally-designated district or site.  These areas are mostly concentrated in the Summit Hill and Cathedral Hill neighborhoods.

If your property falls in the areas highlighted in the map below, and you are pursuing a project that involves demolition in whole or in part, please visit this webpage to learn more. Our staff is here to help guide you through this state review process. 

Tips for using the map: 

  • The search field in the upper right can be used to search for specific addresses.  
  • Click the arrows at top left to see a legend and to turn individual layers on and off.  
  • Using the + and - buttons at the top left allows you to zoom in and out on the map. 
  • Click and drag the map to pan. 
  • Click on a district or site to see more information on that district or site in a popup window.  
  • If you clicked near multiple districts or sites, an arrow may appear near the top of the popup information window; click the arrow to see additional popup information. 
  • When you zoom in to an area of a couple blocks width or less, parcel boundaries and street addresses will become visible. 
  • full screen version of this map is also available.

 

Local Districts and Sites: Print Resources

Printable PDFs of locally-designated districts

Below, find PDF print maps of the locally-designated districts.  This list does not include state or nationally-designated districts; see the interactive map at top for more information on those districts.

 

Printable PDF of locally-designated sites

Below, find a PDF list of locally-designated sites.  This list does not include state or nationally-designated sites; see the interactive map at top for more information on those sites.