Raspberry island bandstand

Neighborhood: Riverfront/Near West Side

Amount Needed: Estimated $400,000 – $650,000 for restoration

Project Partners:  City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

The Schubert Club Heilmaier Memorial Bandstand on Raspberry Island was originally commissioned by the Schubert Club. James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA) completed design and installation in 2002.

Over the years the bandstand has been compromised due to vandalism, which includes damaged/cracked glass panels, missing glass panels, and spray paint/stickers applied to surfaces. The bandshell’s condition creates a public safety hazard as well as an eyesore for visitors.

 Working with the original architect, the Conservancy has reviewed the conditions of the Bandstand on site and is considering ways to restore the structure.

 Thanks to generous gifts from the John and Ruth Huss Fund of the St. Paul Foundation, Patricia Hample, Christine Podas-Larson and John and Sandy White, a design feasibility study was completed in 2022 to prepare for the rejuvenation of this iconic structure.

 This vital step creates a guide for returning the Bandstand to safe and functional use.