Raspberry island bandstand

Neighborhood: Riverfront/Near West Side

Amount Needed: $3,500 to goal for design phase / estimated $500,000 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.

 During the summer of 2021, JCDA reviewed the conditions of the Bandstand on site and

considered ways to restore the structure, including replacing the glass with alternate materials such as fabric for cost reduction purposes.

 Thanks to a generous gift from the John and Ruth Huss Fund of the St. Paul Foundation, a design feasibility study is underway to prepare for the rejuvenation of this iconic structure.

 The design feasibility process will include:

  • conversations with current and past users of the Bandshell
  • consulting with the structure’s original engineers
  • design and budget scope for next steps from JCDA Inc

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