Pioneer Building

- 340 North Robert Street -
(at Fourth)
- 1889, Solon Beman -

The Pioneer Building's owner boasted on his stationery that the building stood "At the Business Heart of Saint Paul." The high value of land in the "100 percent block" demanded a tall building so the Pioneer Press looked to Chicago for an architect familiar with the new metal skeleton-frame construction technique that made skyscrapers possible. The twelve-story walls rose higher than any others in Saint Paul. An elevator ride to the top floor offers an excellent view of the inner workings of the lift mechanism, the steel bracing that reinforces the four floors added in 1910, and the only surviving example of an open light court in the Twin Cities.

Images

Pioneer Press Building

Pioneer Press Building

Publisher: W. G. Macfarlane Publishers Date: Approximately 1910 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Pioneer Building, Interior

Pioneer Building, Interior

Date: 1917 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Newsboys, Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Newsboys, Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Photographer: John Runk Jr. Date: January 14, 1923 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Saint Paul Real Estate Exchange

Saint Paul Real Estate Exchange

Pioneer Press Building Photographer: T. W. Ingersoll Date: 1898 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission, 1988, “Pioneer Building,” Saint Paul Historical, accessed April 26, 2017, http://saintpaulhistorical.com/items/show/203.

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