St. Paul's United Methodist Church receives national spotlight

St. Paul's United Methodist Church receives national spotlight

February 21, 2020

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids was recently featured as a “modern landmark” in the Winter 2019 issue of Sacred Places – The Magazine of Partners for Sacred Places

Built in 1913 and designed by renown architect Louis Sullivan, the church was chosen by Partners for Sacred Places in 2017 to participate in the National Fund for Sacred Places program. This prestigious program administered by Partners in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps communities preserve their historic religious properties and maximize their use and potential as vital community assets. St. Paul’s was chosen for both its unique historic architecture and its service to the community.

As spotlighted in the Sacred Places article, a matching grant from the National Fund, an internal capital campaign, and State of Iowa historic tax credits have helped St. Paul’s congregation realize a dream of upgrading the church building to better meet modern needs and make it more accessible and inviting to all. Renovations begun in 2016 and concluded last summer totaling over $4 million included creation of a bright and accessible new entry, renovated central gathering spaces with restored Sullivan-designed elements, new open office, music, and children’s education spaces, and a fully upgraded HVAC system throughout. “The result is a stunning integration of spaces designed in three distinct eras, with an unmistakable and welcoming front door.”