180 East Fifth
Structure in General
- The Great Northern Railroad Building was built by James J. Hill, a St. Paul Railroad Baron. Known as the "Empire Builder, " Hill was instrumental in opening up land-based trade to the northwestern United States with the construction of a railway from St. Paul to Seattle via Glacier National Park.
- The Empire Builder continues to operate today, and is one of Amtrak's most profitable long distance routes.
- This building replaced the circa 1891 Great Northern Building, now The Great Northern Lofts, as the headquarters of Hill's business enterprises.
- In terms of rentable office space, this is the largest building in downtown St. Paul.
- It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing member of the Lowertown Historic District.
- The building is directly connected by skyway to Galtier Plaza, Sibley Square at Mears Park, the Jackson Parking Ramp, and the Minnesota Telecenter.
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developer, property management, real estate agent, structural engineering
Features & Amenities
- National landmark
- Atrium is present
- Skybridge link to next building