Laurel Fritz Quoted in MinnPost Article on Modern Buildings
As modern buildings reach the 50-year standard for minimal eligibility on the National Register of Historic Places, more are being considered for historic status. Peter Callaghan recently published "In St. Paul, 'modern' buildings could soon become historic" in MinnPost. PVN staff, including architectural historian Laurel Fritz, prepared evaluations of significance for designation at the individual level for the two buildings featured in the article: the Minnesota Mutual and Degree of Honor buildings.
From the article:
Now, two buildings constructed during the first attempts to stimulate a moribund downtown St. Paul may be the first post World War II buildings nominated for the honor.
The owners of the two buildings, the Degree of Honor Building at 325 Cedar St. and the Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance/Pioneer Press building at 345 Cedar St., have asked the state Historic Preservation Officer to forward applications for historic designation to the National Park Service. The state has agreed that both are eligible, and the park service has approved the request for a degree of honor. The service is currently considering the request for the Minnesota Mutual building.
Laurel Fritz assisted on preparing the historic designation applications for both buildings, and is quoted several times in the news article. In one instance:
Fritz, of Preservation Design Works, says the issue of the historic status of modern-era buildings has been debated in architecture circles for some time. But the issue is now moving into the public conversation. “We might not all like how modern buildings look," she said, “but they represent a period of time that is important.”