Church of St. Bernard
Constructed in 1905 (but not fully completed until 1914), the Church of St. Bernard is truly one of St. Paul's unique landmarks. Among the several other churches in the city, St. Bernard is unusual in that its design is a combination of the Prairie School and Art Noveau styles. It's also significant in that it was one of the first buildings constructed with steel framing in St. Paul. The use of steel enabled the architect to not include any interior columnns to support the roof. On the exterior, its distinctive features are the two towers that reach a height of 130 feet. The walls bow inward as they reach the top, creating the base of the octagonal belfries at the top. The church, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, can accommodate 1,000 worshippers.
Backstory and Context
"Who We Are." Church of St. Bernard. Accessed April 18, 2017. http://stbernardstpaul.org/who-we-are.