Kickstarter underway for Lake Harriet Spiritual Community

Credit: Michelle Bruch

Fresh off of earning a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, staff at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community are raising money to restore the building.

“The north side has a lot of rot we want to take care of before it gets any worse,” said Gary Perisian, council president of Lake Harriet Spiritual Community.

A $10,000 Kickstarter campaign runs thru April 16, and $1,070 is pledged so far.

The 1916 domed church was designed in the Classical Revival style popularized by the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, though it’s relatively uncommon to see in religious buildings.

Originally built for the Lake Harriet Methodist Episcopal Church, the building in its early days hosted community events like Suffrage rallies and sewing circles benefiting the Red Cross. Today, the building serves as a non-denominational worship center, and it’s home to groups like Devanadi Yoga.

Building staff plan to apply for a $400,000 restoration grant next year.

The building’s annual Conscious Living Expo is set for April 4, featuring a food truck and exhibitors specializing in holistic health, green products and nutrition.

“We’ve tried to really become part of the community,” Perisian said.