Blair Flats

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Blair Flats
Blair Flats.jpg
Blair Flats from the northeast
Blair Flats is located in Minnesota
Blair Flats
Blair Flats is located in the US
Blair Flats
Location 165 Western Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°56′47.25″N 93°6′58.5″W / 44.9464583°N 93.116250°W / 44.9464583; -93.116250Coordinates: 44°56′47.25″N 93°6′58.5″W / 44.9464583°N 93.116250°W / 44.9464583; -93.116250
Built 1887
Architect Hermann Kretz and William H. Thomas
Architectural style Late Victorian
Part of Historic Hill District (#76001067)
NRHP Reference # 75001006[1]
Added to NRHP July 18, 1975

Blair Flats, also known as the Blair Arcade Building, is a Victorian residential building designed by Hermann Kretz and William H. Thomas in 1887, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States. The building is located on the intersection of Western and Selby Avenues. It is also a contributing property to the Historic Hill District.[2] Construction materials are sandstone and brick. Blair Flats has been used as apartments, hotel, and condominiums.[3]

The lower level currently holds SubText: a Bookstore, a community-oriented independent bookstore owned by veteran bookseller Sue Zumberge. The space formerly housed Common Goods Books, an independent bookstore owned by noted Minnesotan Garrison Keillor.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Historic Hill District". Minnesota National Register Properties Database. Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  3. ^ Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3. 

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