Saint Paul’s oldest enigma: brick vs. commerce

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The title of “oldest building” in Saint Paul sparks a fascinating debate. For residential structures, it’s the Benjamin Brunson House, a meticulously preserved brick residence built around 1856. However, history buffs might champion the Waldmann Brewery, constructed in 1857. Though not originally a residence, it’s the oldest surviving commercial building in Saint Paul. The limestone facade and rich brewing history make it a captivating symbol of the city’s early commercial development.

Regardless of the technicality, both sites offer a glimpse into Saint Paul’s intriguing past. One whispers of domestic life, the other of commercial energy that continues to this day.

– Erin McIntyre with AI assist*

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