The commander Elevator

This is the Commander Elevator in 1917. Photo credit is Mr. John Runk, courtesy of the Stillwater Public Library. To the left of the elevator is the smokestack from the power generator for the area.  To view this same location in 1975, Click or Tap the photo above.

This is the Commander Elevator in 1917. Photo credit is Mr. John Runk, courtesy of the Stillwater Public Library. To the left of the elevator is the smokestack from the power generator for the area. 

To view this same location in 1975, Click or Tap the photo above.

 

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.

The elevator, built in 1898 by the Woodward Elevator Company, was originally located at the corner of Main and Nelson Streets.  Just six years later, the elevator was moved to its present site, making way for a new flourmill.  An overhead spout connected the buildings, both operated by the Minnesota Flour Mill Company until 1908.

 

 

 
 
 
Commander Elevator in the background. View is southeast from Nelson and Main Streets. Photo credit is Mr. John Runk, courtesy of the Stillwater Public Library. To view this same location at a different time, Click or Tap on the photo above.

Commander Elevator in the background. View is southeast from Nelson and Main Streets. Photo credit is Mr. John Runk, courtesy of the Stillwater Public Library.

To view this same location at a different time, Click or Tap on the photo above.

 
 

View of Commander Elevator and Freight House

toward the south

This photo is dated 1926 and shows the Commander Elevator in the background and The Freight House on the right. The railroad was a busy enterprise in Stillwater at this time. Photo credit is Mr. John Runk, courtesy of the Stillwater Public Library.

This photo is dated 1926 and shows the Commander Elevator in the background and The Freight House on the right. The railroad was a busy enterprise in Stillwater at this time. Photo credit is Mr. John Runk, courtesy of the Stillwater Public Library.