Finally! The sack house on the Mississippi will be more than an historic footnote! The Saint Paul Municipal Grain Terminal, built between 1927 and 1931, represents what was part of St. Paul, MN’s great history as a river port city. Happily, the structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. Now referred to as City House, it abuts the Sam Morgan Bike Trail and will soon be host to the Red River Kitchen, an offshoot of the popular Republic Bar in Minneapolis. Fingers crossed, it looks like the food truck doors open August 1.
Even as I write this, Island Station Power Plant, built in the 1920’s and the scene of my Fall photo-shoot and escapade, is being torn down. The city of St. Paul, its council deadlocked on preservation, ended up selling the plant to a developer. The grand dame on the river, home to all manner of folks- including artists- will soon be a ghost. My “if I had a few million, I would create a new art colony” fantasy is truly just that.
I want this place saved for artists. If I had buckets of money, I would buy it. You are all welcome. I have formed this recent, rather formidable attachment and cannot stay away. This relic from the 1920’s will be sold (rumors) or torn down. Whatever happens, it will be sanitized, made pretty, landscaped and condominimized (like that?!) and I will not be able to afford, nor will want to go there any more. I suppose that is why I cling to it now and will continue to do so, until thrown out, locked up, or there is nothing left.