Union Depot Lofts
214 4th Street E, St. Paul, MN, 55101
Now a part of the National Register of Historic Places (added in 1974), the Union Depot of St. Paul, MN was originally built in 1881. It was considered the main hub for train transportation out of St. Paul handling roughly 8 million passengers in its peak year. Due to a tragic fire in 1915 the original Union Depot burnt down. However just two years later a new Union Depot started its construction, but was not fully completed until 1923 due to a halt in construction due to World War I. The Union Depot also was one of the main sources for the United States postal office and moved over 20 million pieces of mail annually. Sometime in the 1970’s the trains were moved to a new location called the Midway Amtrak Station between Minneapolis and St. Paul.
In more recent years the main entrance to the Union depot has been used for other businesses including coffee shops, gyms, and even the restaurant Christos, a Greek and Mediterranean Restaurant. Ironically, during my college years I actually catered for Christos at wedding events so I can vogue for there great food!
In 2005 a massive undertaking began on the construction of 33 Loft units by developer Steve Frenz. His goal was to turn the upper level floors of the Union Depot into high end Lofts while providing. In more recent years this section of the building had been sitting vacant or had been rented out as office space.
One other exciting transition may be taking place over the next few years! In June of 09’ Ramsey County Board approved purchasing the Union Depot headhouse for $8.2 Million. This is going to make way for the a new central corridor light rail station “potentially” in future years. By 2012 they expect to bring the trains back to this once thriving train station!