Basilica of St. Mary Rectory

  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • Architect: Miller Dunwiddie
  • Client: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Project Highlights

  • Originally built in 1928
  • National Register of Historic Places
  • ADA compliance, elevator installation, and foundation stabilization
  • Attic renovation for storage


Located on the northwest side of the Basilica campus, the three-story residency for clergy was completed in 1928 and, with the Basilica, is listed on National Register of Historic Places. In 2007, Meyer Borgman Johnson began a series of projects at the rectory that started with an ADA compliant ramp and new exterior stairwell. In 2012, a new brick-clad elevator tower was built to replace the existing elevator. The elevator addition consists of cast-in-place concrete footings, pit slab, and basement walls, with a superstructure constructed of emu bearing walls and composite concrete floors. The gabled roof is light gauge metal framing, with structural steel pieces added for strength and stability. Engineering services also involved stabilization of the existing foundations before proceeding with excavation of the new elevator pit. In 2014, a project that transformed the Rectory attic space into storage for the Basilica’s valuable collection of art works, liturgical objects, and historical artifacts, included evaluation, reinforcement, and modifications of existing structures and a new stair opening in the attic floor.