Saving the Swedish Bank Building: A Payne Avenue Landmark is Making a Comeback
by Bob Roscoe
Perhaps no other commercial street in Saint Paul contributed to the city’s immigrant history as much as Payne Avenue. The Payne Avenue State Bank Building (historically known as the Swedish Bank Building), at the corner of Payne and Case Avenues, was critical in that role. The bank was the financial backbone of the early Scandinavians, Germans, Italians, and other European settlers who established work, home, and cultural life in close-by neighborhoods. Today, Payne Avenue and the Swedish Bank are renewing those collaborative roles.