Security Building wins Saint Paul HPC Award

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On July 18, 2017, the historic Upham Building, presently known as the Security Building, was the recipient of a Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission Award in Rehabilitation for a successful preservation maintenance project. 

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PVN worked with the building owner, Peter Brown, on the masonry rehabilitation of the historic Upham Building located in the University-Raymond Commercial Historic District. PVN provided preservation design services and rehabilitation recommendations and guided the project through historic approvals with the City of Saint Paul and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), including the Tax Credit Certification Application.

Historic preservation takes many forms. Preservation maintenance is often overlooked, but is a critical part of historic preservation. Peter Brown saw the necessity of rehabilitating the deteriorated exterior masonry to promote the longevity of this historic building before masonry deterioration hit critical mass. Peter was proactive and hired a qualified team to work with him throughout the process. PVN performed an assessment of the exterior masonry, created documents for construction, and worked with Peter to navigate the HPC and tax credit process with SHPO and NPS. The masons, Acme Tuckpointing, worked to provide matching mortar and replacement bricks and performed construction activities in a way that minimized disruption to the local businesses at ground level. The overall masonry rehabilitation project, including matching materials and quality of construction, respect and maintain the historic and architectural character. The work performed on this building has set an example of quality masonry rehabilitation for the surrounding community and historic district, as well as a successful small federal and state historic tax credit project.