Commodore Hotel, 79 Western Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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|Address:||79 Western Avenue|
|Neighborhood/s:||Summit Hill, Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Ramsey County, Minnesota|
|Material of Exterior Wall Covering:||Brick|
|Material of Roof:||Asphalt|
Opened in 1920, the hotel and its elegant art deco bar attracted literary figures F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald as well as gangsters Al Capone and Fred Barker. The hotel was renovated in the 1970s but still looks much like it did when Ma Barker met her son Fred's girlfriend here.
Memories and stories
The Commodore Hotel has been a landmark location in St. Paul for over 70 years. An early advertisement read "A high class Residential Service that features, among other things, the 'Homelike spirit' and a location in the most aristocratic and quiet section of the city." Socialites and flappers, businessmen, writers and artists of all sorts found their way to the Commodore, attracted by the same things then that appeal today... marvelous Art Deco decoration and comfortable furnishings, a wonderful location in a glamourous and convenient neighborhood and a relaxed, welcoming style that makes you feel right at home. Prior to 1978 the Commodore was a residential hotel and home to such notables as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis. In 1912 Fitzgerald wrote: "We got to the Commodore in St. Paul, and while the leaves blew up the street we waited for our children to be born." Today the early ambiance still lingers on in this completely unique facility.