Kim's Oriental Supermarket, 689 N. Snelling Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Kim's Oriental Supermarket

Address: 689 Snelling Avenue N
Neighborhood/s: Hamline-Midway, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1912
Additions: "First story totally altered with new storefront and mental panels. New signs. New second story windows."
Historic Function: Business
Historic Function: Apartments
Other Historic Function: Apartments
Current Function: Business
Current Function: Apartments
Other Current Function: Apartments
Architect or source of design: Alban and Hausler
Builder: Alfred M. Sandberg
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
Building Permit Number: 60217
First Owner: Alfred M. Sandberg

Hamline-Midway Saint Paul Ramsey County

Kim's Oriental Supermarket, 689 N. Snelling Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.9619275° N, 93.1671275° WLatitude: 44°57′42.939″N
Longitude: 93°10′1.659″W

The information provided here is from the 1983 Ramsey County Historical Society and Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission Historic Sites Survey:

Date of site visit 2/8/1982 by Fieldworker: G. Whitney

Kim's Oriental Supermarket is a two-story building with two functions, commercial and residential. The building has "one interior brick chimney" and is built in a "early 20th century commercial style."

Other significant details: "Simple brick commercial building with brick cornice. Central two windows have sidelights and leaded glass transoms. Stone sills. Soft brick sidewalls with segmental arched window openings. Storefront has recessed corner entrance."

Alterations and additions: "First story totally altered with new storefront and metal panels. New signs. New second story windows."

Legal description: " Lot 1, Block 2, Hopkins 2nd Addition"

Historical Background: "The original owner of this building was Alfred M. Sandberg, who was a contractor working and residing at 1661 Van Buren Ave. The building was constructed for an estimated $4,000."

Level of significance: "Local"

Statement of significance: "An early 20th century commercial building on a prominent corner along Snelling Avenue. Unfortunately, it has been altered insensitively. An early 20th century commercial building."

Sources for information: "1913 Polk's St. Paul City Directory, see Historic Sites Survey Architect and Contractor File."


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