The building you see belongs to the Minnesota Boat Club. I'm standing on the Freedom Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River into downtown St Paul. The building is located on Raspberry Island [use to be called Navy Island]. There is a small bridge, about a cars width, that allows people, cars, bikes to travel across.
I recall growing up and seeing this building as a teen. It was nothing to look at back then. The windows were boarded up, the roof was deteriorating, the walls were in need of repair....my what a difference this building is today. The roof, the arched doorways, the chimney stacks, plus it's location, it's become one of my favorite looking buildings in St Paul.
Take note of the walking path you can see. It's in the upper right corner of the photo on the island that leads to a large block of cement. There are two people sitting on a step in front of the block if you look close enough. Tomorrow's photo I'll give you a closer glimpse of what is located on the tip of the island while I am sitting in their location.
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