With your involvement, the Minnesota State Fair Foundation (501)(c)(3) preserves and improves the historic Minnesota State Fair buildings and grounds, and supports State Fair agricultural, scientific and educational experiences.
1265 Snelling Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN 55108
History & Heritage
The Foundation has accomplished several history and heritage projects, including development of the State Fair Archives, preservation of the greenhouse residence, and improvements to the Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum. We are currently working towards a Grandstand Ramp preservation project.
The Grandstand, built in 1909, was originally accessed by an earthen ramp, which was replaced with the current ramp by the Works Progress Administration in 1937. The State Fair Grandstand Ramp is a 335-ft. by 35-ft. walkway accented by 10 towers leading to the second floor of the historic Grandstand.
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Did You Know?
- Original plans for the Grandstand Ramp called for unique lighting along each of the ten towers – seven bulbs on each tower.
- Dan Patch Avenue (previously Central Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue) used to run directly below the ramp.
- Dayton’s Department Store had space below the ramp and the Star Tribune now sits on the ramp’s Carnes Avenue entrance.
- Each of the ten towers along the ramp were created for ticket takers.
- The west side of the ramp overlooks Carousel Park, where there is entertainment and educational programs during the State Fair.