The Cornerstone Group

The Cornerstone Group


The Great Northern Lofts

After nearly 30 years of neglect, the Great Northern is a magnificent refurbishment of the 1888 James J. Hill Office Building in St. Paul’s historic Lowertown district.

Three years of construction and meticulous restoration lead to the successful sale of 53 fully restored condominium homes. Incredible features from the original structure remain, such as spectacular 11-foot barrel vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling fireplaces and arched windows with city views. Modern finishes including tiled bathrooms, step-up showers, glass cabinetry and oversized granite islands complete the massive living spaces to create truly unique homes.

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Just the Facts:

  • 53 Fully restored condominium homes
  • Historic Renovation
  • 27,000 SF Retail
  • General Partners: The Cornerstone Group & Sherman Rutzick & Assoc.
  • Construction Financing: US Bank
  • Architect: Cermak Rhoades Architects
  • Contractor: Freirichs Construction
  • Total Development Cost: $30 Million
  • Construction Completion: 2003
  • Site Area: 0.77 Acres
  • Density: 68 Units/Acre including parking structure