Foot-Schulze Building, 490 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Foot-Schulze Building

Pre-renovation into condos, 2001
Address: 490 Robert Street N
Neighborhood/s: Downtown, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1916
Historic Function: Manufacturing facility
Current Function: Apartments/condominiums
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
Material of Roof: Asphalt
First Owner: Foot-Schulze Shoe Company

Downtown Saint Paul Ramsey

Foot-Schulze Building, 490 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.950583° N, 93.093939° WLatitude: 44°57′2.099″N
Longitude: 93°5′38.18″W

This massive, five-story industrial building was erected in 1916 when the company's original plant at 3rd and Wacouta was torn down to make way for the Union Depot. Close to 1,000 workers worked here at its peak. The Boot and Shoe Workers Union struggled to maintain a presence until the company closed and moved sometime before World War II.

The Building was renamed the Rossmor and was inhabited by a variety of commercial and industrial use, as well as artist lofts. Some time in the 1970s, the big industrial space at "490" was home to one of the Twin Cities first and possibly officially "out" gay nightclubs, named the Grande Finale. Since then the building has hosted at one time or another a variety of gay bars including, Rumours, Trixx, and now Camp.


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