Historic Preservation

Oaks Pavilion, Gaylord, MN  |  View Gallery »

Client: City of Gaylord

Oaks Pavilion is a historic dance pavilion. Located in a city park, the pavilion was used first for dancing and later for roller skating. Wood shutters drop down to open the perimeter of the building up to cooling breezes from the nearby lake. Original wood floors and exposed wood rafters recall agricultural buildings for the same period. The historic structure report provided an evaluation of the building's condition and feasibility for expanded public use of the Pavilion. The city is planning on improvements that will maintain the Pavilion for seasonal use for parties, meetings and event rentals. The history of Oaks Pavilion both as a dance hall and skating venue will be on exhibit in the rehabilitated building.


Norris Camp, Roosevelt, MN  |  View Gallery »

Client: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Norris Camp is rare remaining example of a Depression Era Civilian Conservation Corps work camp. Located within the Red Lake Wildlife Management Area, the camp has been in continuous use since its construction in 1935. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and fourteen buildings remain. The Historic Structure Report accessed building condition, potential reuse and historic interpretation, and provided recommendations for building rehabilitation.


Owatonna City Hall, Owatonna, MN  |  View Gallery »

Client: City of Owatonna

Constructed in 1887, the Owatonna City Hall was originally the Administration Building for the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children. The architecture is described in the buildings National Registration Nomination as Norman Romanesque. The complex roof is articulated with dormers, a tower, parapeted gables, hips and ventilators. The roof rehabilitation added an extensive snow melt system below new composite slates and restored the appearance of the original slate roof.

See link below for article in Roofing Magazine featuring this project: http://www.roofingmagazine.com/new-synthetic-slate-roof-tops-historic-owatonna-city-hall/


Lowry Morrison Block, Minneapolis, MN  |  View Gallery »

Client: Private

The Lowry Morrison Block was a speculative real estate investment by two prominent early citizens, Thomas Lowry and Clinton Morrison. Constructed in 1879, the building is one of the oldest contributing structures in the district. The Commercial Italianate building design has a corbeled brick parapet, arch top windows and large ground level storefront windows. The tax credit rehabilitation work includes masonry repair, replacement and repair of windows, replacement of storefront, elevator and interior stair construction and mechanical and electrical systems replacement.


Eugene Carpenter House, Minneapolis, MN  |  View Gallery »

Client: Private

The Carpenter House is located on the edge of downtown Minneapolis.  The owner is restoring the house and grounds for mixed use as a bed and breakfast, salon, and rental apartments.  On the National Historic Register since 1977; all the renovation work, including the porch restoration, complied with state and city historic guidelines. See this Finance and Commerce article on this project


Lakeland Building, Minneapolis, MN  |  View Gallery »

Client: Private

The Lakeland Building, constructed in 1885, is undergoing a complete interior and exterior renovation. The masonry on street fašade has been restored, included brick reconstruction, cleaning and replication of missing details. Windows have been added to the east and west elevation, a light well restored to function and skylights replaced to bring more natural light into the building. Interior masonry and plaster finishes have been cleaned and repaired to enhance the industrial character of the building.


Thompson Flats, Minneapolis, MN  |  View Gallery »

Client: LL LLC

The historic Thompson Flats building is located near Loring Park in downtown Minneapolis. Both the interior and exterior of the building have been rehabilitated to provide retail space at ground level and apartments at the upper floors. The small apartments feature original wood floors, large windows, fireplaces and updated kitchens and bathrooms. Interior glazing, stairs and skylights were renovated allowing natural light into the center of the building.


Bradshaw Building, Minneapolis, MN  |  View Gallery »

Client: Pixel Farm

The Bradshaw building is a historically significant building constructed in 1925 originally used for millinery manufacturing.  The design work completed by Adsit Architecture and Planning focused on renovating the windows, exterior signage, brickwork and interior shell.  The alterations were necessary due to age and water damage to the building.  Several additional windows and a fire escape extension were added.  The historic look and feel of the building were maintained through careful material choices and detailing. The project received historic tax credits from both the National Park Service and the state of Minnesota


Abbott Apartments, Minneapolis, MN  |  View Gallery »

Client: Gateway Commons, LLC

The former Abbott Hospital is located in the Stevens Square neighborhood of Minneapolis. The building was constructed in five phases between 1910 and 1957, with each phase representing different architectural styles ranging from Renaissance Revival to Mid Century Modern. The adaptive re-use of a hospital complex into market-rate rental apartments includes 123 dwelling units, a fitness room, a community meeting room and a billiards room. Rehabilitation of the existing buildings includes the addition of a new two level, below grade parking structure and an entry vestibule. The project received tax credits with the National Park Service and the state of Minnesota.


Ladyslipper Building, Minneapolis, MN  |  View Gallery »

Client: 1229 Harmon Place, LLC

1221-1229 Harmon Place is located in the Harmon Place Historic District in downtown Minneapolis. It is one of several buildings in the district related to the automobile sales industry in the area from the 1920s through the 1950s. Original 1915 construction drawings refer to it as "Store Building for Hattie L. Knoblauch." Carved, limestone medallions at the storefront corners have a ladyslipper and the letter "K" intertwined, probably a reference to the original owner.

During restoration, new window and storefront framing and glazing were installed. The new window and storefront styles, sizes, mullion patterns and casing were developed from original construction drawings and archive photos of the building. New entry doors were placed in the original entry locations and recessed as recommended in the district guidelines. The deteriorated stone base was repaired and new stone added to complete the recessed entry areas. A custom wood panel door was installed at the 13th Street garage opening. The interior was renovated for office and retail use.


Pacific Flats, Minneapolis, MN  |  View Gallery »

Client: Pacific Flats LLC

The Pacific Block was a neglected landmark building on a busy intersection of the Warehouse District. Originally the owner purchased the building to circumvent another possible adult entertainment use in the area. When the unexpected extent of brick deterioration and lack of sound interior structural elements drove up the total project costs, the owner continued with the project and protected the building from possible demolition. The owner and architect worked with the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Department to assure that the construction was completed in a historically appropriate manner.

The exterior work is now complete and in compliance with the Warehouse Historic District Design Guidelines. The graceful arched window openings, refurbished wood cornices, cast iron columns and weathered brick provide a glimpse of another era of commercial development in Minneapolis.