Introducing a new book: Custom House.

"This is an outstanding work of urban history. It has an engaging writing style, is exhaustively researched, and fills gaps in the local literature about the Twin Cities in the 1920s and 1930s. The range of illustrations and the color and layouts are particularly impressive."

David A. Lanegran Ph.D., John S. Holl Chair of Geography, Macalester College


Custom House traces a national historic landmark’s revival on the upper Mississippi River in Lowertown, St. Paul, where Minnesota’s Twin Cities had their beginnings. With more than 220 maps, photos, and other images, many published for the first time, this highly readable account will appeal to historians and history buffs, architects and commercial real estate professionals, and anyone interested in finding out how buildings and cities get developed.


  • 272 pages.
  • 11” x 9” landscape format.
  • Linen-wrapped hard cover with foil stamped title.
  • Full color dust jacket.
  • Shrink-wrapped. 
  • $45.00 (tax included).
  • White Pine Press LLC (WPP) produced the book for the author and publisher Ramsey County Historical Society (RCHS). WPP will donate net book proceeds to RCHS, which gratefully accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount. 

“Arguably, there was no more daunting challenge than the subject of this book. Custom House is one of a collection of art deco gems along Kellogg Boulevard…In many ways, Custom House is a monument to a time when government (this time in the form of the U.S. Postal Service) dreamt big dreams. The vision, patience and determination to save this grand building from neglect is a gift to Saint Paul. It is a gift not only to those who will call Custom House home, but to all who value architecturally significant buildings and a city that preserves them.”

Saint Paul Mayor Christopher B. Coleman

A selection of spreads from the book:

Custom House is a perfect complement to a major real estate project. It brings to life a story that would excite any architect or urban planner about the redevelopment of an important historic landmark. Our firm has been privileged to restore and revitalize a great building originally designed by prominent Chicago architects Lambert Bassindale and Holabird & Root.”

Jack Boarman, Founder, BKV Architects of Minneapolis, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

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A special thank you to American Photo Colorizing for bringing new life to many of the historic images used throughout the book. View their work, and images specific to Custom House, here.