Jemne Building, 305 St. Peter Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Jemne Building

Address: 305 St. Peter Street
Neighborhood/s: Downtown, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1931
Primary Style: Art Deco/Art Moderne
Major Alterations: Intact
Historic Function: Clubhouse
Current Function: Office
Architect or source of design: Magnus Jemne
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Limestone
Material of Roof: Asphalt
First Owner: St. Paul Women's City Club

Downtown Saint Paul Ramsey County

Jemne Building, 305 St. Peter Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.943905465388° N, 93.094661235755° WLatitude: 44°56′38.06″N
Longitude: 93°5′40.78″W

The building was originally home to the St. Paul Women's City Club. The St. Paul Women's City Club grew out of a post World War I American Woman's Club movement which emphasized women's independence and new social roles as workers, volunteers, and persons more fully involved in society. The club was incorporated in 1921 with the goal of providing for women a "center for organized work and for social and intellectual intercourse." The group met in the Minnesota Club building from 1921 to 1929. Embracing the energetic and progressive need of the late 1920s, the Women's City Club made plans to construct its own building which met two criteria: the building should emulate modernism and functionalism, and it should be designed by a St. Paul architect. In 1934, Gertrude Stein (with the help of her partner, Alice B. Toklas) presented a lecture on English literature at the club to an audience of 500 (St. Paul Pioneer Press, front page, 12/8/1934).

The Women's City Club was disbanded in the early 1970s and the building was sold to the Minnesota Museum of Art in 1972.


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