Gotzian Building, 242 East 5th Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Gotzian Building

Address: 242 5th Street E
Neighborhood/s: Lowertown, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1913
Primary Style: Richardsonian Romanesque
Historic Function: Manufacturing facility
Current Function: Multiple dwelling
Architect or source of design: Cass Gilbert
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
Material of Roof: Asphalt
First Owner: Gotzian Shoe Company

Lowertown Saint Paul Ramsey

Gotzian Building, 242 East 5th Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.949191° N, 93.086913° WLatitude: 44°56′57.088″N
Longitude: 93°5′12.887″W
National Register of Historic Places Information
Certification date: December 31, 1984

Also currently known as the "Parkside Building". Built at a cost of $65,000, the Conrad Gotzian Shoe Company Building was the location of the Gotzian and Minnesota Shoe Companies. Knights of Labor Local Assembly No. 2832 organized shoe workers at the Minnesota Shoe Company in the 1880s. African-American labor leader Charles James, a founder of the Boot and Shoe Workers Union in the Twin Cities, worked for the Minnesota Shoe Co. as a skilled leather cutter in the 1890s. Napoleon Savard, a member of the Knights of Labor and a founder of the St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly, also worked for the company somewhat earlier.


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