Minnesota skeptic bemoans CoS new address in St. Paul, MN

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Minnesota skeptic bemoans CoS new address in St. Paul, MN

Post by Don Carlo » Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:53 pm

Pharyngula, a pro-Darwin, pro-science blog, states
In an unfortunate twist of fate for the former home of the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Church of Scientology is moving in.
The Church of Scientology has purchased the former Science Museum of Minnesota building in downtown St. Paul

Eric Rapp, a Welsh Cos. broker who marketed the space, said the church plans a major renovation of the building that once housed exhibits and has since been the home of the failed Minnesota Business Academy.

Rapp wouldn't disclose the sale price of the 80,000-square-foot west building of the former museum complex. The sale closed Friday. A number of financial institutions had come to own the building, which was on the market since May 2006, he said
from Twincities.com at http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_6139307

It's depressing, but the new building the Science Museum of Minnesota is in is wonderful, and you all ought to visit it. Skip the scientologists, though.
from Property Values in St. Paul Just Plummeted, at
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2007 ... ul_jus.php

A commenter said
Great Onion headline (paraphrased): "E-Meter Measures Human Gullibility"

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Post by ladyhawke » Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:09 pm

GET OUT OF MY CITY!!! :evil:

Source: http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1246137.html

Former science museum building gets religion

The building that once was home to the Science Museum's vast collection of dinosaurs, fossils, scientific artifacts and later an academy for high school business students is now the new home of the Church of Scientology.

By Tim Harlow, Star Tribune

Last update: June 14, 2007 – 1:47 PM

The building that once was home to the Science Museum's vast collection of dinosaurs, fossils, scientific artifacts and later an academy for high school business students is now the new home of the Church of Scientology.
Eric Rapp, a broker with Bloomington-based Welsh Cos., confirmed the sale today, but declined to disclose how much the Church of Scientology paid for the 80,000 square-foot building at 30 E. 10th St. in downtown St. Paul.

The building has been on the market since last spring when the Minnesota Business Academy closed its doors at the end of the 2005-06 school year. Several potential buyers, including schools, cultural organizations and medical business, had expressed interest in the building, but its size made it difficult to sell, Rapp said.

"That was a recurring problem; it kind of needed a big user," Rapp said. "It's a big building and it can't be divided up that well. It needed somebody who was going to use all or a big chunk of it."

But in recent months, the Church of Scientology came forward and snapped it up. The deal was finalized last Friday, Rapp said.

Rapp was unaware of specific plans the church has for the building which the Science Museum occupied until it moved to is riverfront location in 1999, but said the Church of Scientology has "major renovation" planned.

The St. Paul campus will largest holding for the Church of Scientology in the Twin Cities. It has a much smaller branch on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.

The Church of Scientology is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, others and all of life, according to its web site.

The Church of Scientology was created by L. Ron Hubbard in 1950. Two of its most notable adherents are actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta.


Tim Harlow • harlow@startribune.com

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Re: Minnesota skeptic bemoans CoS new address in St. Paul, M

Post by Sponge » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:49 am

Some photo gallerys of the building they bought for the "Ideal Org" which is now under renovation....

April 2010
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..but construction appears to have halted.

Oct 2010
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Re: Minnesota skeptic bemoans CoS new address in St. Paul, M

Post by Don Carlo » Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:01 pm

Here's a working link for the April story:
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collec ... lled.shtml
Oct link doesn't work.

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Re: Minnesota skeptic bemoans CoS new address in St. Paul, M

Post by maarten » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:00 pm

Thanks for the link, Don Carlo.

There are some great comments to the article to which you link.
Good to see people being educated about the underbelly of the SO CALLED "church"

:mrgreen:

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Re: Minnesota skeptic bemoans CoS new address in St. Paul, M

Post by Gnu » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:26 pm

Don Carlo wrote:Pharyngula, a pro-Darwin, pro-science blog, states...

By being a pro-science blog, it is by default pro evolution (Darwin)

I love PZ.
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Re: Minnesota skeptic bemoans CoS new address in St. Paul, M

Post by Sponge » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:56 am

Posted in media section:
Scientology "not at liberty" to discuss opening of new St Paul church
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