Buildings at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Campus and Saint John’s Abbey Church are included on the National Register of Historic Places:
SJU Buildings on the National Register:
Abbey & University Church of Saint John the Baptist – 1958 [cornerstone] 1961 [dedication]
Auditorium-Music Hall – 1928
Blacksmith-Carpenter Shop (now the Woodworking/Physical plant building) – 1903
Butcher Shop – 1878 (currently the Electric Shop)
Engel Hall – 1910 (now Simons Halls) http://www.csbsju.edu/SJU-Archives/SJUHistory/SJUBuildings/SimonsHallOldScienceHall.htm
Gymnasium – 1901 (now the Old Gym/Guild Hall) http://www.csbsju.edu/SJU-Archives/SJUHistory/SJUBuildings/GuildHallOldGymnasium.htm
Laundry Building – 1912 (now the Paint Shop)
New (Breuer) Monastery Wing – 1955 Old Church (Great Hall) and Quadrangle – 1868 [The various wings of the Quad were built in stages. The old church (Great Hall) comprises the northeast section of the Quadrangle; its cornerstone says 1879. Its construction was completed in 1882.] http://www.csbsju.edu/SJU-Archives/SJUHistory/SJUBuildings/QuadrangleBuilding.htm
Old Garage and Fire Station – 1919 (now the Maintenance Shop)
Power House – 1945
Not all buildings on the CSB/SJU are open to the public, but those on the list above can be viewed from the exterior. Please ask which buildings are open for the general public to enter before entering. The gift shop features items made at St. John’s.
A Self-Guided Walking Tour:
A booklet of Saint John’s, Collegeville, MN is available for visitors so that they can learn about each of the buildings on campus.
The booklet describes the history of each site and it has a map to assist you as you view the buildings.
There is also a map of Saint John’s Arboretum included. Two trails are highlighted or suggested in this booklet: Chapel Trail and Boardwalk Trail Loop.
Information about the closest parking for each trail is listed and maps are provided for each trail. “Stella Maris Chapel Trail” goes along the banks of the pristine Lake Sagatan; it is rated as being an easy to moderate walking trail. It is a 3 mile walk, round trip, in and back out the same path. The predicted walking time is 1 1/2 hours.
Diverse habitats including prairie, wetland, woodland and oak savanna can be seen by walking on the “Boardwalk Trail Loop.” That trail is in one continuous loop. It is rated as being an easy to moderate walk to complete the 1 1/2 mile loop. The estimated walking time to complete the loop is 50 minutes.
The Great Hall Information Desk is open from 7:30 AM CST to 10 PM CST. If these guide pamphlets are not available for us to distribute upon your check-in, they will be available to you at the Information Desk of the Great Hall. “Johnnie Bread” is available for sale at this location.
I am looking forward to seeing the historic architecture of College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Campus. The number of buildings there that are on the National Register of Historical Places is significant.
I am also looking forward to seeing others we have met over the years at previous interchurch families conferences. Our conferences have become more like a “family reunion” of good friends who have shared the journey with us. I treasure the social aspect of these conferences as much as the inspiration I have always taken away with me from the presentations.