Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Landmark Center

Landmark Center's clock gives the correct time!

This building is one of the few that weren't torn down during the frenzy in the past to build new contemporary structures. In the 1970s, a citizens' group saved the building from demolition and restored it to its previous grandeur. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and reopened to the public as Landmark Center in 1978.

 St. Paul’s historic Landmark Center, completed in 1902, originally served as the United States Post Office, Courthouse, and Custom House for the state of Minnesota. The exterior is pink granite ashlar with a hipped red tile roof, steeply pitched to shed snow and adorned by numerous turrets, gables and dormers with steeply peaked roofs; cylindrical corner towers with conical turrets occupy almost every change of projection. There are two massive towers, one of which houses a clock. The exterior is almost devoid of carved detail. The interior features a five-story courtyard with skylight and rooms with 20-foot ceilings, appointed with marble and carved mahogany and oak finishes.


  1. Love it! I don't remember it, but i love it. And it doth remind me of Europe which I also love. Correct time? Really? That's a bonus. How are you doing?

  2. It's a good thing this building wasn't lost. What a tragedy it would have been to lose such a gorgeous building.

  3. Beautiful architecture!

  4. It is lovely. The pink granite really sets off the details!

  5. What a beauty, Kate. Hard to believe they wanted to demolish it. The clock tower is priceless, I love it.


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