Happy Hour With a Preservationist
Happy Hour With a Preservationist gets you behind the scenes of Minneapolis’s most interesting buildings, often including special tours of historic spaces that are not typically open the public. The cool thing is when we tour these places, many are undergoing or completing restoration (e.g. North Branch Library/Emerge, St. Anthony Falls Hydro Lab, Grain Exchange Trading Floor, etc.). Happy Hours are FREE (and we will bet that you don’t hear that often).
The Happy Hours alternate months with our Breakfast With a Preservationist series.
May Happy Hour: The Soo Line Building
When: Wednesday, May 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: 501 Marquette Ave S, Minneapolis
Join Preserve Minneapolis for an insider’s tour of downtown’s newest large-scale preservation and rehabilitation project: The Soo Line Building. Tickets are free but space is limited, so you MUST reserve a spot.
built for their corporate offices. Originally designed by architect Robert Gibson, and completed in 1915, the building was stately and grand, incorporating a 3-story open banking hall at the base with ornate detailing and a grand stair at its center oriented toward the main entrance fronting bustling 5th street.
Over the years the building’s interiors underwent numerous modifications, ultimately destroying much of its pristine elegance of the ornate interior plaster cornices and coffered ceilings, infilling the original 3-story lobby to a modest 2-story space, eliminating much of
the historic fabric and replacing and reorienting the grand stair.
In 2011, Village Green Companies purchased the building, hiring BKV for full service architecture, interior design and engineering, along with Frana as the General Contractor with Wyss Jenney performing exterior restoration work. The Soo Line Building City Apartments reintroduced the 3-story grand lobby and new grand stair in its historic location. It incorporated apartments and penthouses from floors 2 through 18, and carefully introduced a new clubroom, pool building and skypark in symmetrical fashion respecting the exterior building form and utilizing complementary terra-cotta cladding. BKV met the challenge to repurpose and rehabilitate the landmark through a series of thoughtful interventions. Since much of the fabric was completely gone, the architect worked to reinterpret the character of the original building in a modern yet respectful way, through spatial interventions, color contrasting, new additions, and restoration of what existing historic fabric remained.