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Commander Elevator

Commander Elevator

 

 

Commander Elevator

Written by John Buettner

One of the most famous buildings in the Stillwater skyline is the Commander Elevator.  It rises majestically from the cityscape as one of the tallest buildings downtown.  Even with all the photographs and inspiration it gives artists, this building, like many others downtown was nearly demolished.  

 

 

This is a 1911 view of the flour mill on the SE corner of Nelson and Main Streets.  The Commander Elevator is in the background.  

This is a 1911 view of the flour mill on the SE corner of Nelson and Main Streets.  The Commander Elevator is in the background.  

The Commander Elevator is one of the great adaptive restorations of a historic building.  The construction is unique, it was moved to the present site six years after it was built and you can see, touch and feel how the lumber was placed flat to make the grain bin walls.  

The Commander Elevator is one of the great adaptive restorations of a historic building.  The construction is unique, it was moved to the present site six years after it was built and you can see, touch and feel how the lumber was placed flat to make the grain bin walls.  

View of the Commander Elevator from the south.  The building in the foreground is a coal bin for Northern States Power, the building that is presently The Brick Alley.  The year of the photo is 1927.  Photo Credit is The Stillwater Public Library, John Runk Collection  

View of the Commander Elevator from the south.  The building in the foreground is a coal bin for Northern States Power, the building that is presently The Brick Alley.  The year of the photo is 1927.  Photo Credit is The Stillwater Public Library, John Runk Collection

 

This is a view south toward the Commander Elevator, showing the railroad activity in this area of Stillwater.  It also shows the Freight House on the right when it was both a freight and passenger depot.

This is a view south toward the Commander Elevator, showing the railroad activity in this area of Stillwater.  It also shows the Freight House on the right when it was both a freight and passenger depot.