WAO has moved into office space in downtown St. Paul in the Exchange Building at the corner of Exchange & Cedar, a 1/2 block from the Greenline stop at 10th Street. The building is a former convent and across the street is the former Science Museum site that our family visited in my youth – previously the site of the Minnesota Museum of American Art (then known as the St. Paul School of Art) and many years prior to that, the site of the Capitol Building.
This corner of downtown Saint Paul is sometimes referred to as Fitzgerald Square because just down Exchange Street is the Fitzgerald Theater, home of Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. The office has a feel similar to Guy Noir’s office on the 12th floor of the Acme Building.
WAO is on the fourth floor with a distant view to the state capitol building, currently undergoing extensive repair and renovation work. Other neighbors include the McNally Smith School of Music, Minnesota Public Radio, the downtown fire station, St. Louis Catholic Church and Central Presbyterian Church.
And a red dinosaur!