Frogtown: We Gather in Worship

Tour curated by: Special thanks to author Jane McClure

Frogtown’s many old and beautiful churches are one of the neighborhood’s best-kept secrets. Although much attention is focused on the neighborhood’s Catholic churches, especially Saint Agnes, Frogtown also has a long Lutheran heritage. It also has had Congregational, Methodist, Nazarene and other faiths over the years.

Typically people worshipped in their home neighborhoods. Where a church was located often played a role in where a family chose to live.

Churches often started in members’ homes, or in stores or community halls. When a new church had to be built or a church was renovated, members had to find alternative locations. One Frogtown congregation worshipped in the old state capitol on Wabasha Street for a time.

Locations for Tour

St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood has always been one of the city’s succession neighborhoods, welcoming generation after generation of newcomers to the capital city and the United States. Frogtown also has been home to several generations of the…

What is now Saint Paul Fellowship was designed in 1907 and built in 1908 as University Avenue Congregational Church, and is located at Victoria and Sherburne avenues. It was designed by noted architect Clarence H. Johnston. Johnston was one of…

Frogtown’s largest church is Saint Agnes Catholic Church, 548-50 Lafond Avenue. The current church is the third church built on this site since 1887, when Archbishop John Ireland founded the parish to serve the growing Frogtown neighborhood. It…

Saint Adalbert’s Catholic Church, 265 Charles Avenue, was built in 1911 to serve Polish Catholics. Today its three-tiered twin front towers greet many Vietnamese worshippers. The original church was the old frame Church of St. Louis, moved to…

Saint Vincent de Paul began in 1888 to serve Frogtown’s Irish Catholics. Its congregation has many Hmong members today. In 1888 the local conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society opened a small mission chapel near the corner of Blair Avenue…

- Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill - While Catholicism is considered a dominant religion in Saint Paul history, Frogtown has been home to many Lutheran congregations. Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill was built in 1913 as Norwegian…

Trinity Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, 515 N. Farrington, came to Frogtown in 1885. Its longtime building was erected in 1902. The brick building, with a limestone foundation, was built in the shape of a cross, with a tall wooden spire and…

Saint Stephanus Lutheran Church was built in 1890 at Lafond and Grotto to serve a German Lutheran congregation. The building has been renovated twice, after a 1925 fire and a 1990 windstorm. Visitors can see two cornerstones, one for the original…

Faith Lutheran Church at 499 Charles Avenue is a 1932 Gothic brick structure that is largely unchanged, except for the closing of its once-large basement-level windows. Otherwise the church retains many of its historic interior and exterior features,…