The St. Paul Women’s City Club Building Then and Now
The Art Deco St. Paul Women’s City Club Building in downtown Saint Paul once provided a dining room, assembly rooms, dressing rooms, and bedrooms for members and guests of the club.The St. Paul Women’s City Club. The organization grew out of a post World War I American Woman’s Club movement. The group met in the Minnesota Club building from 1921 until the end of the decade when the club made plans to construct its own building. They hired St. Paul architect, Magnus Jemne and told him to make it modern. The Mankato limestone clubhouse was completed at cost of $215,000 in 1931. A couple years later in 1934 the club made the front page of the Pioneer Press when Gertrude Stein presented a lecture on English literature at the club to an audience of 500. The building was sold to the Minnesota Museum of Art in 1972 and now houses an architectural firm. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.