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Lowertown, Saint Paul, MN

Lowertown Landing is dedicated to supporting the continued growth and rejuvenation of the Lowertown historic district of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Great Northern Lofts

(Previously known as: The Great Northern Building - 300 E. Kellogg Boulevard) 

Originally 281-299 E. Kellogg Boulevard, the address is now 300 E. Kellogg Boulevard. The Great Northern Building was originally built in 1887 for James J. Hill as the headquarters for his Great Northern Railway by James Brodie who also designed the James J. Hill house on Summit Avenue.  A key feature of the seven story building is the impressive entrance on Kellogg which enters the interior courtyard of the building, which Hill himself (at the time Hill was St. Paul’s most recognizable figure) used to enter his office.  The building boasts a marble entry, barrel vaulted brick ceilings, and arch top windows. After Hills’ death in 1916, Great Northern Railway moved its headquarters to the Railway and Bank Building, another historic piece of the Lowertown neighborhood. The building, like many others was vacant for many years and beginning in 2000 was converted into 53 condo units.  According to a Star Tribune article written at the beginning of the renovation, the “Paint is peeling off like the bark on birch trees. The windows are broken and covered in plastic. And the hardwood floors are molasses brown after years of dust and dirt piling up on them.”