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A resource for reliable information about ificant people, places, events, and things in Minnesota history. The St. Paul Athletic Club was deed in by architect Allen H. Stem, who with Charles A. Like Grand Central, the Athletic Club was threatened with demolition in the s but survived because preservationists valued its sound construction, central location, and fine craftsmanship.
Inthe St. Paul Athletic Club organization started out in a gymnasium with a reading room nearby at Seven Corners.
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Thirty years later, infundraisers promised that the new clubhouse would make club members and citizens of the prosperous young capital city proud. The Ryan Hotel was torn down inshortly before the modern historic preservation movement was born. Concerns about World War I slowed the fundraising effort after The members of the St. Paul Athletic Club offered their new building as an emergency hospital for the returning wounded, but the war ended before it was needed. Paul Athletic Club was the last neoclassical building of more than a few stories it had thirteen to be built downtown. Following the standard set by the great cities of the Eastern United States, the architects selected a Renaissance Revival-influenced Beaux-Arts style.
There were also locker rooms, restaurants, a barber shop, and small guest rooms. The two-story lobby featured a baronial fireplace, ornate plasterwork, and unusual terra-cotta railings on the balconies made by artisans at the Brioschi-Minuti Studio, originally located on University Avenue.
Stem had encouraged them to move their workshop to St. Paul from New York City. A two-day celebration was held for the city when the club opened in September with two thousand members. An editorial in the St. Paulites from all walks of life. After World War II, the urban club continued to grow, even as people and businesses were moving to the suburbs.
Ina glass-walled penthouse dining room was added. In the s, as women became more active in the business community, they were invited to as members. Membership peaked at four thousand in when an addition featuring squash, handball, and basketball courts was built. Over time, however, the debt load was too much for the organization to bear.
The club closed abruptly in December after declaring bankruptcy. Thousands of people attended an auction for all items unattached to the building. Demolition was scheduled. A second auction to sell structural fittings—the artisan tiles, fireplace, carved wood, marble columns, and trim—was stopped an hour before it was to start.
Wallace Orfield, Sr. He later decided to waive his option. The building stood empty for years. Inlocal developer John Rupp purchased and renovated the abandoned building for tenants and catering events. Byhe opened Hotelan award-winning boutique hotel with fifty-six rooms. Renovation of the building continued, and in the new St Paul Athletic Club opened on six floors, an independent, locally owned health and social club.
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Paul Description: Albums of black-and-white photographic prints of St. Paul Athletic Club members. Container lists, filed in a collections container list notebook in the Gale Family Library, include an alphabetical listing for all twenty-three volumes and a listing by volume. Paul Athletic Club. Paul]: N. Paul Description: Articles of incorporation and bylaws, minutes —ledgers and journals —financial statements, mortgage information —files on bondholders —committee files mainly —subject files, contractor correspondence and bids, photographs, scrapbooks —marketing material, and menus relating to a private athletic and social club organized in for business and professional men and their families.
After an addition is completed to create more athletic space for its growing membership, the year-old club abruptly closes in and declares bankruptcy. In November, the St. Paul Athletic Club is incorporated and chooses its first board of directors. Union Block, one of the oldest office buildings in downtown St. On June 1, President Wilson presses a button in the White House that activates a battering ram, and demolition begins.
In October, the former Minnesota Club building, across the street from the Union Block site, becomes a temporary clubhouse. The thirteen-story building dwarfs its neighbors.
A glass-walled penthouse dining room, deed by Ellerbe Associates, is added on the thirteenth floor. The club holds an open house for women to tour the entire building. It soon invites them to become members. Thousands attend a public auction of club furniture and other items. A last-minute sale of the building cancels a second auction to sell the structural fittings.
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However, the buyer does not exercise his purchase option, and the building stands empty. A local developer purchases the club and begins to renovate the lobby and ballroom for catering events. The city provides a loan to reopen the empty building in the heart of the downtown. The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, opens an urban campus in the building with graduate programs. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.
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