History of The Schurmeier Lofts
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:
St. Paul's Lowertown was once home to some of the city's finest homes (Larry Millet, 2017)
Coachbuilt Article on Schurmeier-Whitney Co. (Mark Theobald, 2004)
Lost Neighborhood: Mary Hill’s Lowertown (Eileen McCormack, 2006)