History of The Schurmeier Lofts

James J. Hill, wife Mary and their children called the Lafayette neighborhood home from 1867 - 1891 prior to moving to Summit Avenue  above photo compliments of The MN Historical Society

James J. Hill, wife Mary and their children called the Lafayette neighborhood home from 1867 - 1891 prior to moving to Summit Avenue

above photo compliments of The MN Historical Society

St. Paul’s Lafayette neighborhood was once a bustling neighborhood filled with stately homes and the city’s elite. James J. Hill along with the Schurmeier family once resided in this part of town known as “Mansion Row.” But, as the city grew and industry boomed, the area began to transition. By 1917, the neighborhood had changed dramatically as the Great Northern Railway was redirected through the Lafayette neighborhood and brought more industry to the area. The Schurmeier Wagon Company was a wagon manufacturing plant and houses today’s Schurmeier Loft Apartments.

For additional information about the history of the neighborhood and the Schurmeier family, please refer to the following articles:

Schurmeier Wagon Company  photo compliments of www.coachbuilt.com

Schurmeier Wagon Company

photo compliments of www.coachbuilt.com