I completed another Downtown St. Paul assignment, this one from my husband, Jim. It’s where we met. He worked for one of the construction companies that renovated the Pioneer Building back in the early 1980’s, and I worked for a law firm that was located on the sixteenth floor.
It was built in 1889 and was St. Paul’s first skyscraper, at a staggering twelve stories. The other four were added in 1909. (Suck, it, Dubai!) It’s on the National Register of Historic Places, mostly likely because it was the home of the world’s first telephone answering service, implemented in 1927.
There may have been a few other reasons.