Bandana Square

Bandana Square, located in St. Paul’s Energy Park neighborhood, opened in 1984 after the Northern Pacific Railway’s Como Shops were converted into an enclosed marketplace and hotel complex. However, by 1989, the project had become a financial drain on its owner, the Saint Paul-based Wilder Foundation, losing it around $9 million and detracting from its mission of helping children and at-risk families. As a result, in 2006, the center was converted entirely into office space.

In its brief heyday, however, the complex was also home to the Minnesota Children’s Museum (which moved to downtown Saint Paul in 1995), the Dakota Jazz Club (which moved to downtown Minneapolis in 2003), and the Twin City Model Railroad Museum (its last remaining original tenant until moving elsewhere in Saint Paul in 2016).

  • Visited: mid- to late-1980s
  • National Register of Historic Places: 1983

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