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All Saints Church--Episcopal
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All Saints Church from the southwest
Location Washington and 5th Sts., Northfield, Minnesota
Area less than one acre
Built 1866 (1866)
Built by S.B. Hoag, Charles Anderson, Henry B. Martin
Architectural style Gothic Revival
MPS Rice County MRA
NRHP reference No. 82003027
Added to NRHP April 6, 1982

All Saints Episcopal Church in Northfield, Minnesota, United States, is a historic church listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the oldest church in Northfield.

The parish was established in 1858, two years after Northfield was founded by John W. North in 1856. The congregation originally held services in the Northfield Lyceum building. In 1866, the Reverend Solomon S. Burleson organized an effort to raise money for a new building. The architect is unknown, but there is speculation that Bishop Henry Whipple may have contributed to the design, since he had an interest in architecture. The church is designed in a Gothic Revival style, with a wood frame and board and batten siding. In 1869 children in Sunday School classes organized an effort to buy a bell for the tower. The building was expanded ten years later, lengthening the church by twenty feet. This expansion was driven by the influx of students from Carleton College.

There have been few major changes to the church since 1879. In 1982 a committee organized the renovation of the church interior to restore its historic character. The work included repairing windows, refinishing and replacing floors, replacing pews based on original designs, and other woodwork. The church was listed on the National Register in 1982.

In January 2013 the church announced plans for a $2 million expansion of the facility, to be designed by SMSQ Architects and executed by Northfield Construction Company. The expansion plan would retain the historic church structure, but would add 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) by removing the parish house and past additions on the rear of the main church building and building a new two-story addition in their place. Church leaders hoped to begin work in April 2013 and finish before Christmas.

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