5 Historic Minneapolis Warehouse Renovations
Minneapolis has gone through somewhat of a renaissance over the past decade or so. Industrial buildings and warehouses that the city was built on have been renovated and converted into amazing urban dwellings. Here’s a list of my Top 5 historic renovations in the North Loop neighborhood.
700 Washington Avenue N
One of the tallest structures in the Warehouse District, the name Tower Lofts comes from the prominent tower rising above the 6th floor roof. Before becoming the Tower Lofts this building was one of the largest artist’s coops in the Warehouse District, better known as the Studios @ 700. The first residential occupancy was actually in 1982.
Architect: Hewitt & Brown
Style: Medieval Revival
Architect: Elness Swenson Graham Architects
Style: Warehouse Loft, Live/Work, Open Floor Plan, Concrete Floors, 13 ft Cielings
525 3rd Street North
The Bookmen Lofts is one of the few historic renovations in the North Loop where the architect was able to build the addition of a 6th floor bump out/private rooftop deck for the top floor penthouse units.
Bookmen Printing Building, IWS Warehouse, Slocum Bergen Building, Red and White Food Stores Warehouse
Architect: Long, Lamoreaux & Long
Architect: James Dayton Design, Ltd.
Style: Warehouse Loft, Brick Walls, Concrete Floors
801 Washington Avenue N
801 Washington was originally home to a farm implement factory, a Studebaker Packard showroom and Shafer Refrigeration. The most recent tenant prior to the loft renovation was an Antiques dealer, Architectural Antiques.
Pence Auto Co.
Architect: John Wunder Co.
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: Meyer Scherer Rockcastle Architects
Style: Warehouse Loft, Brick Walls, Wood Floors, Exposed Timber, Single and Multi-Level
748 3rd Ave N
The City of Minneapolis apparently approved a plan to add two story penthouses atop the Hershel building which would have increased the height from 6 floors to 8 floors, but this never came together.
Architect: Walter H. Wheeler.
Architect: Tanek Inc.
Style: Warehouse Loft, Brick Walls, Hardwood Floors
716 1st St. N.
In the early 1980’s the Itasca Lofts became the first warehouse conversion from industrial use to business and residential lofts in Minneapolis.
Architect: Long & Kees
Style: Richardsonian Romanesque
Architect: Edwins & Halden
Style: Warehouse Loft, Timber Loft, Brick Walls
via Mike Seebinger @ south-of-canada
More historic North Loop photos @ “A Look Back at the North Loop: Photo Montage“