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From presidents and royalty to gangsters, movie stars and athletes — since its inception over a century ago, The Saint Paul Hotel has hosted guests of all stripes. A timeless treasure and landmark in downtown St. Paul, throughout its storied history the hotel has attracted dignitaries, leaders and colorful characters.
Read on to learn more about the decorated history of The Saint Paul Hotel.
A Century of Service
In 1856, John Summers invited travelers from all over the world into his home, which eventually became the Greenman House, a 60-room hotel erected in 1871 and destroyed by fire in 1878. By 1878, Mr. Summers and John Baugh, an Eastern hotelier, constructed a much larger and more modern hotel named The Windsor, known at the time to be one of the finest hotels in Saint Paul. The Windsor Hotel was operated successfully until 1880 when Baugh withdrew and sold his interest to Charles J. Monfort. Summers resigned in 1891 and Monfort acted as President and Manager until his death in 1904.
For the next two years the hotel was utilized as an arcade and theater. As the city of Saint Paul continued to grow, the need for a new hotel became increasingly important. In 1908 Lucius P. Ordway, a prime mover in the new hotel project, secured ownership of the property with the intentions of constructing a new luxury hotel.
The Saint Paul business community realizes the importance of the hotel once again. Piece by piece, the 254 room hotel is redesigned, restored and completed.