Anton Meyer building in 1961 and the same corner in 2021

Then & Now: Anton Meyer Buildings

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Anton Meyer came to West St. Paul in 1883 from Bavaria and became one of West St. Paul’s first contractors and builders. He built his family home at 1051 Stryker Avenue and built a structure next to it for his business. His son later expanded the building to include a grocery store on the ground floor and apartments above.

The Anton Meyer building and home on Stryker Avenue in 1961 (Photo credit: Dakota County Historical Society)

That building on the corner of Stryker and Arion housed a succession of businesses, including Meyer Grocery, Philip Simon’s Meat Market, Becker Grocery (as pictured here in 1961), and finally Blue Trunk, a used clothing and costume shop that catered to area theater productions in the 1970s.

The Anton Meyer Contractor & Building facade, revealed in 1982 (Photo credit: Dakota County Historical Society)

In May 1982, the corner buildings were demolished, revealing the original Meyer carpentry storefront. The brick facade was left standing for a few days for the neighborhood to marvel at.

The same corner in 2021.

Today, nearly 40 years after the buildings on the corner were demolished, the corner still remains vacant. The Anton Meyer home at 1051 Stryker is still in the family.

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