At Commonwealth Properties, we're about preserving the vibrancy and architectural beauty of Saint Paul while making it accessible for contemporary tastes. We discover and reinvigorate historic properties, but there's more to it than that.
By giving businesses a home, hosting celebrations, creating family memories, unearthing new passions, or simply capturing a rare moment of stillness surrounded by the stories of generations past.
We didn’t build these spaces. These historical icons had vibrant stories long before we came along. We are simply devoted stewards of their legacies, ensuring that these places are around to hold your story and the stories of those who come after you.
The Commodore Bar & Restaurant
As one of Saint Paul’s most historically significant properties, the Commodore Bar and Restaurant is synonymous with 1920s and 1930s literary legend, gangster lore, and a who’s who of the glamorous jazz age. Now it’s open to a new generation of Saint Paul’s movers and shakers. The property has been meticulously restored, preserving its iconic status. Step inside, enjoy a handcrafted cocktail and an elegant meal, and be transported to an age of lighthearted elegance and joie de vivre.
Hotel 340 is St. Paul’s best boutique hotel. The hotel is housed in the original Saint Paul Athletic Club building and is listed on the historical register. Hotel guests enjoy full, complementary access to the Athletic Club’s facilities. Located in the heart of St. Paul, the Hotel offers stunning views of the Mississippi river and is conveniently located to many bars and restaurants. Rooms include modern luxuries such as flat screen televisions, free wifi, microwaves, and mini-fridge. The hotel lobby provides a spacious area with luxurious couches, chairs, and a gorgeous fire to relax with a wine or beer from the Hotel bar. The second floor mezzanine level provides access to the St. Paul sky-way system which allows for indoor travel to various St. Paul businesses and local event spaces. The Saint Paul Athletic Club is also located within the building
Saint Paul Athletic Club
Nearly a century ago, a group of community leaders came together to found one of the finest athletic and social clubs in the country, The Saint Paul Athletic Club (SPAC). With six-floors of amenities, SPAC celebrates a harmonious marriage between historically elegant design and the state-of-the-art equipment. Over time, classic social and recreational clubs like the Saint Paul Athletic Club largely went the way of top hats and pocket watches. They've been replaced by electronic relationships, never-ending hurry, and big-box fitness clubs that cater to the masses; however, after over 100 years, Saint Paul Athletic Club still remains among the finest clubs of its kind in the country.
Stout’s Island Lodge
Stout’s Island Lodge sits proudly in the center of Red Cedar Lake – an 1800-acre lake in northeastern Barron County, Wisconsin. There are two islands connected by a 100 ft. walking bridge (given to Frank Stout by Andrew Carnegie). The two islands have a combined acreage of 18 acres. All lodging is located on the westernmost island; the East Island has walking trails as well as a small picnic cabin on the northern tip. Red Cedar Lake is known for its water quality, its fishery and for its relative quietude.
Note: In the winter during our off-season (November-April), our office is run by a very small staff. Therefore, we have limited office hours, but will return messages promptly. If we do not answer, please leave a message with the best phone number and time to reach you. We can return messages outside normal hours if needed.
The Summit Center
The Summit Center was originally constructed over one hundred years ago to house Saint Paul’s on the Hill Episcopal Church. It is a magnificent Historic Community dedicated to innovation in the Arts, Arts Education, Spirituality, and Celebrations. The mission of the Summit Center is to present adventurous cultural experiences that celebrate and connect community. The Summit Center contains unique performance spaces found nowhere else in the metro area for artists, guests, and audiences to collaborate in creative work that is stylistically, historically, and culturally diverse and that inspires a dynamic exchange of ideas among those who participate.
W.A. Frost & Company
What started in 1975 as a lovingly restored bar with food brought in by local caterers, has turned into a full service fine-dining restaurant with an award-winning wine list, seasonal menus, patio dining in the summertime, artisanal coffee drinks and fireplaces in the fall and winter, and catered events year round. W.A. Frost & Company has been the site of many historic business deals, marriage proposals, anniversaries, birthday parties, and memorable nights out with friends and family. W.A. Frost welcomes neighbors and visitors to Historic Cathedral Hill and invites them to share in the history and memories.