Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Matt Riley, co-owner of Netgain Hosting, will present Restoring St. Cloud's Federal Building at the Stearns History Museum's Breakfast Club at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 11. Built in the late 1930s, the Art-Deco style building originally served as the St. Cloud Post Office. The federal government dramatically altered the building's interior when the Post Office moved to a new location in the mid-1960s. Workers removed fixtures, artwork and changed the lobby design to meet different office needs. In 2005, the owners of Netgain Hosting purchased the decommissioned St. Cloud Federal Building to use as a datacenter and offices. In the course of refurbishing the office space for use, the building's rich history emerged, and the group elected to incorporate some key elements of the building's past in the renovation. Co-owner Matt Riley will tell the story of how the group's "minor facelift" of the building's interior became a major project including long-lost artwork, reproductions from original blueprints, and drawing on local historians to help fill gaps in the record.
Please join us for this intriguing presentation on building restoration. There is no charge for Stearns History Museum members; admission for non-members is $5. For information about Breakfast Club or the Museum, please call (320) 253-8424. The American Association of Museums accredits the Stearns History Museum and Research Center. It is located at 235 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud.