May 21, 2006History)
I've always thought the Head House grain elevator just west of downtown St. Paul is actually one of the cooler buildings along the Mississippi River. It's a narrow concrete building that rises six stories. It was originally a grain elevator built between 1927 and 1931. It isn't exactly an architectural treasure (it's ugly), but it's still cool.
Current plans are to restore the Head House grain elevator and attached Sack House and turn the Sack House into a restaurant and the grain elevator into an interpretive center. A design contest was held to come up with plans for reuse, but funding hasn't come together yet and the grain eleavtor still sits. The St. Paul Riverfront Corporation offers history on the Head House:
The Head House (elevator) and Sack House complex was built between 1927 and 1931 as part of the Equity Cooperative Exchange. The buildings, perched on piers over the river, are rare remnants of Saint Paul’s early twentieth century port history. They are nationally significant as the remaining elements of the first successful grain terminal elevator owned and operated by a farm cooperative in America. At the height of operations, the facility boasted 90 grain silos, a small mill, the Head House for loading grain into barges and rail cars, and the Sack House for sacking milled flour.
The Action Squad offers an inside look at the grain elevator for anyone tempted to sneak in themselves but smart enough to avoid the danger. They also reprint a 2002 Pioneer Press article about saving the Head House.
May 15, 2006Business)
The St. Clair Broiler, a distinctive St. Paul restaurant on the corner of St. Clair and Snelling turns 50 this week.