Birchwood Village Hall reveal and centennial celebration planned
The virgin-timber siding has been restored and painted, and city officials are ready to show it off.
Crews working to fix up the Birchwood Village Hall in time for the town’s centennial celebration on Sept. 10 were surprised last spring to find the building’s original vertical virgin-timber exterior under the building’s cedar siding.
Now that vertical virgin-timber siding has been restored and painted, city officials are ready to show it off. An open house will be held 5-7 p.m. Sept. 10; White Bear Lake Historical Society executive director Sara Markoe Hanson will speak at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
“The exterior is done, for all practical purposes,” said Mayor Mary Wingfield. “A couple of windows on the side and the roof will come in the fall or spring.”
The building, at 207 Birchwood Ave., was built in 1931 and designed by St. Paul architect Magnus Jemne, best known for the modernist building he designed for the Women’s City Club in downtown St. Paul. Located at Kellogg Boulevard and St. Peter Street, the Jemne building housed the Minnesota Museum of Art for many years and is considered one of St. Paul’s landmarks.
In addition to marking the village’s 100th birthday and the grand reopening of Birchwood Village Hall, the Sept. 10 event will mark the rededication of the Birchwood Bell Tower (World War II civil-defense system) and the unveiling of city parks monuments celebrating the village’s history, Wingfield said.
An online presentation, “White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Presents: Birchwood Village Turns 100,” will be 6-7 p.m. Sept. 27. The free Zoom event is sponsored by the Ramsey County Library system, and advance registration is required.