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September Morning in Rice Park

September Morning in Rice Park

Oil on Canvas – 2009


On May 16, 1849, a plat was filed by Henry M. Rice & John R. Irvine, the first addition to Saint Paul proper.  They designated Block 11 as a “Public Square”.  Thus, Rice Park was created, though for many years the land was simply known as City Park.  In 1860, Mayor Prince acquired the first trees for the park and Chief Gooding and other officers planted them.  In the center of Rice Park is a large circular water feature, its fountains dance around a bronze sculpture entitled The Source – 1965.


Rising beyond the park is Saint Paul’s premier hotel, The Saint Paul Hotel - 1910 and the handsome Landmark Tower office building – 1982. 

This timeless building’s top five floors feature the beautiful Park Towers condominium homes.