St. Paul Union Depot

214 E. 4th St., St. Paul, Minnesota


St. Paul Union Depot

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The St. Paul Union Depot, located at 214 E. Fourth Street in St. Paul, Minnesota, was originally placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. (The depot is listed as a contributing property to the NRHP-Iisted lowertown Historic District, comprised of turn-of-the-century buildings related to the warehouse, wholesale and railroad businesses downtown. The depot is also associated with the statewide contexts -Railroads and Agricultural Development, 1870-1940;- -Urban Centers, 1870-1940-: and the Multiple Property documentation Form -Railroads in Minnesota, 1862-1956.-) The depot building (Headhouse, Concourse and Waiting Room) and its associated remaining rail tracks hold statewide significance under National Register Criterion A in the areas of Commerce, Industry and Transportation and under Criterion C for the area of Architecture. The building meets Criterion A in the area of Transportation as the physical representation of St. Paul as the railroad hub of Minnesota. Further significance in the areas of Commerce and Industry include being characteristic of St. Paul's massive early twentieth century buildings which reflected the -affluence and prosperity of this quickly growing commercial center- and signifying the -importance that railroad transportation played in the early growth and expansion of St. Paul.- The building is significant under Criterion C for Architecture for its use of the Neo-Classical style, prevalent during the construction of -the great public and governmental buildings between the two World Wars.- Constructed between 1917 and 1926, the Depot's Neo-Classical design is representative of a building type, that of the early twentieth century public architecture, but also arguably as the finest architecturally-designed depot in Minnesota. (NRHP Form)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 18, 1974
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival
Areas of significance
Industry; Commerce; Transportation; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1917; 1924

Update Log 

  • August 3, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • August 23, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King