Tuesday, December 29, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 29

December 29, 1915 – William Hamm of the Hamm Brewing Company today leased the Odd Fellows block at the corner of Fifth and Wabasha Streets, St. Paul, for a term of 99 years, at an aggregate rental of $1,220,000. The building was leased from Odd Fellows’ Lodge No. 2, and will be razed and a hotel built on the site.

The new hostelry will be one block from the Saint Paul Hotel and two blocks from the hotel now being built by George E. Benz, wholesale liquor merchant, at Seventh and Wabasha Streets. This is the fourth hotel planned for St. Paul this fall.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Odd Fellow’s Block Gives Way to Hotel. St. Paul Site Leased for Ninety-nine Years at Aggregate Rental of $1,220.00.”; Dec. 30, 1915; p. 1. 

William Hamm


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