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The Hotel Lowry?

Posted at 6:00 PM on August 31, 2008 by Tim Nelson (8 Comments)

I was walking around, watching the streets close around the Xcel Energy Center on Friday when I saw, of all things, the return of a St. Paul landmark. The Lowry Hotel.

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Or the Hotel Lowry, as its soon to be known. Or someday known. Or maybe known. Ever.

Its one of St. Paul's lost landmarks: famed photographer Gordon Parks once worked as a busboy in this hotel and an impromptu piano performance in the ballroom earned him a spot with a touring big band.

But the ground floor of the once stately hotel at one of St. Paul's premiere intersections (Wabasha and 4th) has been boarded up for so long that the chipboard must be on its third coat of brown paint now -- after it stood bare for at least one winter.

Mike Danielson, on the ladder, told my MPR colleague Laura Yuen that the Hotel Lowry will be opening in 2009. Instead of, you know, the night club. Or the restaurant. And... oh, who remembers anymore what all this was supposed to be?


Comments (8)


Do you know who is working on this? I've contacted Crowe Construction Management and they are only handling the other side of the building.

Posted by Trish | September 30, 2008 9:41 AM


I recall spending an evening at the Lowry when they had a stage presentation Of Valez and Yolanda a brother and sister dance team. It was an unforgettable event in about 1937.
It seems strange that I was just sitting in my California home an the name Lowry Hotel came to mind so I thought I would check myself out if there really was one. I'"ll have to be carefull what I allow to pass between my ears

Posted by Lee P.Murray | March 16, 2009 1:48 PM


I recall spending an evening at the Lowry when they had a stage presentation Of Valez and Yolanda a brother and sister dance team. It was an unforgettable event in about 1937.
It seems strange that I was just sitting in my California home an the name Lowry Hotel came to mind so I thought I would check myself out if there really was one. I'"ll have to be carefull what I allow to pass between my ears

Posted by Lee P.Murray | March 16, 2009 1:55 PM


My mother Dorothy Sennette worked at the Lowry hotel at the front desk.
She met Mrs. Roosevelt when she stayed there. She said that she insisted on paying her bill, even though the Hotels said it was on the house. Liked her very much.

Posted by Joan Sennete | June 10, 2009 1:33 PM


My mother Dorothy Sennette worked at the Lowry hotel at the front desk.
She met Mrs. Roosevelt when she stayed there. She said that she insisted on paying her bill, even though the Hotels said it was on the house. Liked her very much.

Posted by Joan Sennete | June 10, 2009 1:34 PM


I am trying to find out more about the re-opening of this hotel. The League of Minnesota Poets will celebrate their 75th Anniversary this year and I was looking through our archives and realized that the first meeting was held at the Lowry hotel. I think it woudl be great to hold our 75th Anniversary celebration there this fall. Does anyone know whether the hotel is open or when it will open?

Posted by Charmaine Donovan | July 8, 2009 8:12 PM


I am trying to find out more about the re-opening of this hotel. The League of Minnesota Poets will celebrate their 75th Anniversary this year and I was looking through our archives and realized that the first meeting was held at the Lowry Hotel. I think it woudl be great to hold our 75th Anniversary celebration there this fall. Does anyone know whether the hotel is open or when it will open?

Posted by Charmaine Donovan | July 8, 2009 8:13 PM


so informative, thanks to tell us.

Posted by loaliowLica | September 29, 2010 6:00 PM



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