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. 

January Happy Hour: The Pillsbury A Mill

When: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 5:30pm-7pm.
Where: Meet at the construction office door 301 Main Street SE, Minneapolis. (Parking at meters on the street.)
Cost: This event is free, but reservations are required, as space is limited. Click here to reserve.
Please note: Construction is still underway. Please wear solid shoes and long pants.


One of the landmark structures of the Minneapolis riverfront, and a major force in making the city what it is today, the Pillsbury A Mill opened in 1881. It was the largest flour mill in the world, a title it held for the next four decades.

Now, after sitting empty and unused for years, this iconic structure is being turned into the A-Mill Artists Lofts. This project is currently under construction with plans to be open mid-summer 2015. It’s a perfect time to view the evolution of a riverfront landmark.

We’re delighted to offer a sneak peek, with a guided tour led by John Stark, AIA, project architect with BKV Group; Richard Kennedy, Superintendent from Weis Builders; and Owen Metz, developer from Dominium Inc. Join us to learn about the restoration process and the plans for the artist lofts and studio spaces, and to see firsthand how the building it being restored and put back together. If it’s very quiet, you may even hear the Mississippi River still flowing through the tunnel under Main Street.

The tour will take about an hour and a half. Construction is still underway, so please wear solid shoes and long pants, and know that some areas will be unheated and cold.

** THIS TOUR IS FREE, BUT RESERVATIONS ARE MANDATORY, SPACE IS LIMITED, AND TICKETS ARE EXPECTED TO GO FAST. RESERVE YOUR SPOT ON EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/happy-hour-with-a-preservationist-pillsbury-a-mill-tickets-15129339261 **

A big thanks to BKV Group, Weis Builders and Dominium Development for making this tour possible.