Alumni Focus

Charlene Roise, 1981

Hess, Roise and Company
Historical Consultants
The Foster House
100 North First Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
(612) 338-1987
(612) 338-2668 fax

Charlene Roise is president of Hess, Roise and Company, an historical consulting firm based in Minneapolis. The firm specializes in projects involving architectural and landscape architecture history, social and intellectual history, and the history of technology. Her undergraduate work was completed at Saint Olaf College, where she was awarded a B.A. with majors in history, American studies, and German. Charlene has worked on a broad range of preservation projects at Hess, Roise, including historic structure reports for President Garfield’s estate in Ohio; statewide historic bridge surveys in many Midwestern states; Historic American Engineering Record documentation studies of the South Omaha stockyards and Project Looking Glass at Offutt Air Force Base; a contextual study of the Grand Rounds park and parkway system in Minneapolis; an historic tax-credit application for the $18 million Grain Belt Brew House renovation; and a National Register nomination for the John Dwan Office Building in Two Harbors, the first headquarters of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M). Before joining Hess, Roise in 1990, she worked as a preservation planner at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission in Providence, sold commercial real estate specializing in historic properties, and managed a family business. Charlene has served on the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Board of Directors of Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and is currently a member of the boards of Artspace Projects and the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the advisory board of No Name Exhibitions. She received a leadership fellowship from the Bush Foundation in 2001, allowing her to take a seven-month sabbatical to study preservation issues related to post-World War II resources.