American Institute of Architects
Day Block Building Renovation
With CityDeskStudio
Minneapolis Preservation Award 2007
1101-1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota

For generations known as the home of Frank Plumbing, this 122-year-old former hospital building will be transformed from its current use as an over-filled storehouse full of plumbing parts, into the home for a high tech internet marketing company. Designed in the Queen Anne Commercial Style, the building represents a notable departure from many of the buildings previously built in the surrounding Minneapolis milling and warehouse district. This can be seen in the building's increased scale, its occupation of more street frontage, increased ornamentation, and large areas of glass without divided lights. Our design plays off of this heightened ornamentation and openness while carving out space that reflects the structure's new use as contemporary commercial office building.

While pragmatic needs including significant structural and masonry restoration, new windows and an entirely new code compliant exit system are primary concerns for the project, new building elements and spaces have been developed that heighten and complement the material and detail richness of the existing historic building. From new floor to ceiling windows designed to emphasize the dramatic openness of the original storefront, to open floor plans which reveal a patchwork quilt of restored wood flooring, from the original cellular layout of small rooms, to the large expanses of newly exposed load bearing masonry walls with plentiful daylight from restored full height windows.

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