The Binder Apartments, 296 Bates Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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The Binder Apartments

Address: 296 Bates Avenue E
Neighborhood/s: Dayton's Bluff, Saint Paul, Minnesota
City/locality-
State/province
Saint Paul, Minnesota
County-
State/province:
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1898
Primary Style: Classical Revival
Historic Function: Apartments/condominiums
Current Function: Apartments/condominiums
Architect or source of design: Mark Fitzpatrick
Builder: C. Ash & Company
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
Material of Roof: Rubber
Material of Foundation: Log
First Owner: George A. Binder

Dayton's Bluff Saint Paul Ramsey County

The Binder Apartments, 296 Bates Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.955727° N, 93.068359° WLatitude: 44°57′20.617″N
Longitude: 93°4′6.092″W
)


Built in 1898 (in 1901 according to the 1982 Ramsey County Historic Sites Survey;) Classical Revival in style; Mark Fitzpatrick, architect; C. Ash & Company, builder. The structure is a three story, 28032 square foot, multi-family apartment building. The 1982 Ramsey County Historic Sites Survey indicates that the intact, brownish red pressed brick and stretcher bond, apartment house has five bays, a flat roof, a large interior end brick chimney, 1/1 rectangular fenestration, classical cornice with dentils, and egg and dart molding, main facade with flat roof open portico and square piers and four volute Ionic capitals and with a balustrade, brick jack arches, and a main entrance with an elliptical stained glass transom and sidelights. The first floor brickwork is laid in horozontal bands simulating stonework. The original owner of this building was George A. Binder, a physician, who maintained an office and lived at 832 East Seventh Street. The building cost an estimated $26,000 to construct. The 1982 Ramsey County Historic Sites Survey also indicates that the large sophisticated building is a rarity in an area with smaller structures. The 1903 city directory indicates that Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Holbert, Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Morris, Mrs. C. J. Wilson and her daughters, Fred S. Darling, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Spindler, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Kneuertz, Mrs. A. W. Kimball and her daughter, F. C. Kimball, Miss J. A. Wormwood, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Peterson, and Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Enquist resided at this address. The 1905 city directory indicates that Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Abbott, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Bowmar, Dr. and Mrs. J. O. Cavanaugh, Rev. and Mrs. M. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Kneuertz, Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Oakes, Dr. and Mrs. A. T. Oberg, Mr. and Mrs. G. J. Rank, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Steuer, and Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Vernon resided at this address. Oakland Cemetery Association records indicate that Nellie Stein Kneuertz (1872-1907,) the wife of Richard C. Kneuertz, who was born in New Orleans to parents born in Germany and England and who died of septic endocarditis, resided at this address in 1907. The 1908 city directory indicates that Frank Evans was the manager of the Gopher Fish Company and resided at this address. The 1909 city directory indicates that Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Henry, Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Morris, Mr. and Mrs. G. J. Rank, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Steuer, Mr. and Mrs. G. I. Ashton, Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Hotchkiss, Mrs. Sarah Kendall and her daughters, Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Nattrass, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Muessel, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Evans resided at this address. The 1916 city directory indicates that Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Arzt, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Gavin resided at this address. The 1918 city directory indicates that Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Arzt, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Craig, and Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Gavin resided at this address. The 1920 city directory indicates that Robert O. Berg, a plasterer employed by Foot Schulze & Company, and Worthy L. Cook, the widow of Herbert Cook, both resided at this address and that Grace A. Cook, a clerk employed by R. G. Dun & Company, Harry H. Cook, a chauffeur employed by the New York Dye Works, Edith H. Cooney, the widow of William Cooney and a clerk employed by the Western Union Telegraph Company, and William J. Davis, the proprietor of the Davis Motor Car Company, all boarded at this address. The 1923 city directory indicates that Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Davis and Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Doolan resided at this address. The 1930 city directory indicates that the residents of the apartment building located at this address were Harold E. Allen, a baker employed by F. W. Wyes, and his wife, Verona C. Allen (Apartment #1A,) Carl Hartman, a biller for the Great Northern RailRoad, and his wife, Phyllis Hartman (Apartment #1B,) Mrs. Elizabeth Stark, the widow of Alf Stark (Apartment #2A,) William L. Canum, a contractor, and his wife, Emma T. Canum (Apartment #2B,) Ray F. Frye, a janitor employed by the Binder Apartments, and his wife, Katherine C. Frye (Apartment #3,) Louis A. Larson, a foreman, and his wife, Bessie T. Larson (Apartment #4,) John V. Rockstroh, a computer employed by the Northern Pacific RailRoad, and his wife, Helen M. Rockstroh, a telephone operator employed by the National Automated Machines Company (Apartment #5A,) Genevieve Meyer, a clerk employed by the First National Bank (Apartment #5B,) Charles T. Klabunde, a superintendent employed by the Cities Service Oil Company (Apartment #6,) Mrs. Katherine Wardenburg, the widow of John Wardenburg (1838-1929) (Apartment #7,) Ella Solseth, a milliner (Apartment #8A,) Harry F. Boreen, a clerk with Herzog Iron Works, and his wife, Genevieve P. Boreen (Apartment #8B,) Roderick A. W. McLeod, a clerk employed by the Railway Mail Service (Apartment #9,) Frank J. Shanahan, a switchman employed by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific RailRoad, and his wife, Pearl Shanahan (Apartment #10,) and Grove E. Roberts, a salesman, and his wife, Alice M. Roberts (Apartment #11.) George A. Binder ( -1911,) Jennie A. Wormwood ( -1931,) Elizabeth Stark ( -1946,) Elizabeth Grates Stark ( -1948,) and Grove E. Roberts ( -1951) all died in Ramsey County. Ned B. Abbott (1882-1956) resided in Ramsey County. Fred J. Peterson (1892-1959) was born outside of Minnesota, had a mother with a maiden name of Winkler, and died in Ramsey County. Richard Carl Kneuertz ( -1915), Herbert B. Craig ( -1926), and Alfred Tion Oberg ( -1953) all died in Ramsey County. Ned B. Abbott (1882-1956) was born in Minnesota, had a mother with a maiden name of Hart, and died in Ramsey County. George A. Binder (1864-1911) was born in Rochester, N. Y. Gladys Mary Cavanaugh was the daughter of Dr. James O. Cavanaugh and Laura Ryan Cavanaugh, was born in St. Paul in 1901, graduated from the Marquette University Law School in 1923, was the youngest woman admitted to the practice of law in two states when admitted to the bar in Minnesota and in Wisconsin in 1923, and subsequently moved to Wisconsin to practice law. Mrs. George Joseph (May) Rank was born in London, England, was the daughter of George Halton May and Martha Jane Biggs May, married in 1873, lived in St. Paul from 1893 to 1917, and then moved to Los Angeles. Harold E. Allen (1908-1974) was born outside of Minnesota, had a mother with a maiden name of Bentley, and died in Hennepin County. Harold E. Allen (1918-1980) was born in Minnesota, had a mother with a maiden name of Rettig, and died in Ramsey County. Carl Poehler Hartman ( -1945) died in Ramsey County. Phyllis Evelyn Hartman (1907-1988) was born outside of Minnesota, had a mother with a maiden name of Peterson, and died in Ramsey County. John V. Rockstroh ( -1967) was born in Minnesota, had a mother with a maiden name of Hammer, and died in Hennepin County. Genevieve L. Meyer (1901-1981) was born in Minnesota, had a mother with a maiden name of Kriesch, and died in Ramsey County. Charles Klabunde (1901-1961) was born in Minnesota, had a mother with a maiden name of Thavis, and died in Ramsey County. Harry Franklin Boreen ( -1953) died in Hennepin County. Roderick Alexander William McLeod (1870-1956) was born in Minnesota, had a mother with a maiden name of McDonald, and died in Winona County, Minnesota. Francis J. Shanahan (1895-1959) was born outside of Minnesota, had a mother with a maiden name of William, and died in Ramsey County. The previous owner of record of the property is Marlin Management, Inc., of Coral Gables, Florida, and the current owner of record is Bates Ave Partners LLC. </ref>

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