First constructed in 1889, the Carpenter Gothic church building on Stewart Avenue is the oldest church building standing in White Bear Lake MN. It was initially built as the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, which was subsequently renamed the First English Evangelical Lutheran church.
The building was expanded in 1939 to add the transept and a new altar area, more than doubling the size of the building. A further remodeling project in 1950 added the current mid-century stone facade and bell tower.
The building became the home of the First Baptist Church, now called Eagle Brook Church, in 1959. They continued at that location through 1969, when the building was sold to the Lakeshore Players Theatre. Lakeshore Players moved to their current location across Highway 61 in White Bear Lake.
In early 2020, we purchased the building and the meticulous reconstruction began to convert it into our private residence preserving much of the original woodwork and structure yet modernizing the mechanicals. With that, “Old Stewart” was born, conceived as a private residence with an unique, intimate performance stage hosting "living room" events emphasizing on giving back to the community through charitable fundraising.
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Old Stewart is our home. It is where we live, it is where we settle and relax. For 133 years, our home has also always been a community gathering spot, and we look forward to continuing that tradition. Drop us your name and email above to stay in touch and to find out what gatherings we will be hosting in our home.