Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A photographic tour of historic Shattuck-St. Mary’s School December 17, 2009

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Shattuck-St. Mary's crest embedded in the new Upper School entrance creates a dramatic first impression.

FINE CRAFTSMANSHIP and art meld at a private school in an old Minnesota river town, imprinting a deep sense of history upon all who visit here.

This is Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, founded in 1858 in Faribault.

I wandered the halls of the Shattuck campus on Saturday during the school’s annual Christmas Walk. (See my December 14 post.) I simply cannot get enough of this place, where wood and stone blend to create an environment that speaks to the past and to academia.

In this second photographic tour, I share some of the charming artistic details that define Shattuck-St. Mary’s. It seems more East Coast institution of higher learning than Midwestern prep school.

If one place captures the historic beauty of Shattuck, it would be the grand stairway area in Morgan Hall.

Art pieces, like this lion head, adorn the Shattuck campus library.

Stained glass windows, an interesting ceiling and warm colors create a cozy upper story alcove.

Sidewalk art outside one of the many heavy wooden doors that are part of Shattuck's charm.

The majestic pillars of Shumway Hall frame flags on a winter day.

Words imprinted upon sidewalk brick outside Shumway Hall speak to the respect former students hold for Shattuck-St. Mary's School.

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