West Side: Beyond the Bluff

The top and edge of the bluff, overlooking the river valley, was the precinct of the well-to-do and mostly still is. But once you get just a few streets south, the neighborhood becomes more varied and, for some, more interesting.

Start near the base of the slope that rises west from Wabasha Street, at the corner of Humboldt and Robie. St. Matthew’s School, built in 1902, is probably the second-oldest school building in the city, after St. Joseph’s Academy/Christ’s Household of Faith (1863).

On your way up take Winifred Street and stop at Jerabek’s New Bohemian Coffeehouse and Bakery. The Jerabek family has been operating a bakery since 1906.

A short distance south, at the corner of Humboldt and George, you will find Riverview Library - one of 2,000 Carnegie libraries in the country, and one of three in St. Paul.

Continuing west on George Street, are series of significant homes. Turning south on Ohio Street, you will find an 1883 rowhouse and the 1910 Engine House #21.

West Side: An Introduction

The West Side of St. Paul originally got it's name not from the fact that it sits west of St. Paul, but because at this point of the river, the Mississippi bends from its north-south bearing, to an east-west, placing the West Side on the left or…

St. Matthew's School

Built in 1902, St. Matthew’s is probably the second-oldest school building in the city, after St. Joseph’s Academy/Christ’s Household of Faith (1863). The school itself, originally housed in the first St. Matthew’s Church (long gone), began…

Jerabek's

On your way up Humboldt, take a left on Winifred Street and stop at Jerabek’s New Bohemian Coffeehouse and Bakery. There is nothing historic about the building, but the family has been operating a bakery since Ed Jerabek, a Czech immigrant, opened…

Riverview Library

A short distance south of St. Matthew's School, at the corner of Humboldt and George, you will find Riverview Library. The industrialist (founder of US Steel) and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie gave money for the building of 1579 public…

Rau-Strong House

Continuing west on George Street, there are three residences worth admiring. Just south of the Riverview Library is the Rau-Strong House at 2 East George. Adam Rau was a stonecutter and contractor, born in Germany. He quarried the limestone for…

Charles Haas House

Half a mile west of the Rau-Strong House is the Charles Haas House at 214 West George. Note the wonderful front porch and attic windows above. Built in 1889. Charles Haas was born in Indiana County, in Western Pennsylvania, in 1849, and came to St.…

Samuel Dearing House

Located just a couple of hundred feet west from the Haas House at 241 West George is the Samuel Dearing House. Augustus Gauger, German-born and prolific St. Paul architect, designed this one, and was built in 1886, with both Italianate and queen…

Engine House #21

At the corner of Baker Street and Ohio is Engine House #21, a great example of early adaptive reuse. Built in 1910 for horse-drawn equipment, it is a pleasing example of fire station design with a hose tower. After its retirement from the fire…

The High Bridge

A short distance west of Engine House #21 and turning north on Smith Avenue, you will eventually cross the Mississippi River on the Smith High Bridge. Of the first three bridges in the area, the High Bridge was the last to be constructed, connecting…