Smyth Lofts

Minneapolis, MN

Adaptive Reuse, Residential

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Originally constructed in 1885 and designed by the architect William C. Whitney, the Smyth Lofts building is part of the Saint Anthony Falls Historic District--the location of Minneapolis’ earliest mills and the waterfall that powered them. We redesigned this 60k square foot iconic neighborhood structure as a mixed-use building with three floors of spacious urban apartments over four ground level retail establishments. The primary shell work to replace historic street side windows and adding windows along the previously blank western wall was done in coordination with the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service in the interest of procuring state and federal tax credits.

Circa 1917, the Baker Importing Company added a massive grinder to the buildings exterior to produce Barrington Hall Soluble Coffee.

Circa 1917, the Baker Importing Company added a massive grinder to the buildings exterior to produce Barrington Hall Soluble Coffee.

More recently, Inkunabula Arts occupied the building.

More recently, Inkunabula Arts occupied the building.

Exterior Rendering

Exterior Rendering

1956

1956

2019

2019

 

Pretty on the INside

The original structure featured thick Douglas fir joists unseen in the construction world for a hundred years, gorgeous arched-brick openings in the interior bearing walls, and massive round columns with mushroom capitals. It had great bones throughout. New systems were designed and coordinated to mesh with the existing building.

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Mulberry’s and Parc Boutique occupy street level commercial spaces, bringing retail back to this historic building.

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THE APARTMENTS

Upper floors now offer beautiful residential apartments in this very desirable downtown neighborhood.

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CONSERVING HISTORY IN THE MODERN WORLD

RoehrSchmitt worked closely with the development teams historic consultant Hess Roise to determine what changes could and could not be made to the building. The best possible outcome was a completely modernized building that maintained the character of the original structure, while updating it for another hundred years of productive use.

Residential lobby.

Residential lobby.

Rooftop common area.

Rooftop common area.

Rooftop with a view.

Rooftop with a view.

Redeveloped by Falcon Ridge Partners, LLC—the Smyth Lofts Redevelopment received the 2019 Heritage Preservation Award from AIA-MN. Read Does Preservation Matter?, our feature story on the Smyth Lofts project by principal architect, Chris Schmitt.

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