Ice Palace History
When a smallpox epidemic broke out in Montreal in 1885, St. Paul leaders moved quickly to build a palace here in hopes to attract tourism to St. Paul.
To date, the St. Paul Winter Carnival has built 36 Ice Palaces, all of different shapes and sizes. Below are some of the most memorable designs.
Cleveland Circle across from the Xcel Energy Center.
SLL/Leo A Daly Architects & Engineers of Minneapolis.
25,000 Ice blocks.
Height 75 feet; Length 250 feet.
This was the first Ice Palace since 1941 that the public was able to walk through. This palace coincided with the 2004 National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game. Photo courtesy of the Pioneer Press.
By 100 construction workers from 29 local unions for half wages.
20,000 blocks of ice measuring 42 x 22 x 20 inches from Green Lake near Spicer, Minnesota.
Height 166 feet; Length 220 feet; Width 170 feet.
Photo courtesy of the Pioneer Press
Austin P. Keller, contractor.
Height 40 feet; Width 100 feet.
This is the year that Vulcan had his volcano and King Boreas had his Ice Palace on Harriet Island. Vulcans came out of the top of his volcano several times a day. Photo courtesy of Bob Olsen.
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