First National Bank of St. Cloud

St. Cloud, Minnesota

The First National Bank building in St. Cloud, once a hub for development in central Minnesota, “has been restored to its original condition and grandeur, and is serving that economic role again,” says one of its owners. First National originally opened in 1889 and closed its doors in the 1920s. The building had undergone many previous renovations, but in recent years, had fallen into disrepair. JLG worked with the owners to restore the Bank to its former glory, starting with historical research in newspaper archives and attics. Over 25 skilled tradesmen were brought in to salvage original marble and wood plank floors and remove non-historic material. The building also required upgraded lighting, heating, and accessibility features. Achieving their ultimate vision, First National Bank of St. Cloud is now home to the Greater St. Cloud Economic Development Corporation, the Initiative Foundation, the St. Cloud Downtown Council, Kensington Bank, and a unique co-working space for several small businesses.

Awards & Certifications

  • 2017 – Minnesota Preservation: Impact Award

Completion Date


"It was the goal and vision of the development group to restore the building to that position in the community."
– Shannon Wiger of Spring Hill Capital LLC