Florence Court Apartments

The Florence Court Apartments, located at the western edge of the University of Minnesota, were built in progressive stages beginning in the summer of 1884. The apartment building originally attracted middle-class tenants, often professionals, with families.

Over time, the apartments were subdivided and marketed to students and professors at the University. In 1983, the Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution designating Florence Court as a local historic landmark. After more than 120 years of use, the building needed substantial rehabilitation. Along with the renovation of the historic building, BKV Group designed a new 84-unit building — FloCo Fusion — adjacent to the property.

The goal of the new design and rehabilitation was to honor the central courtyard at Florence Court Apartments. Our team accomplished this by improving overall landscaping while celebrating the established focal trees, removing surface parking, and refurbishing the narrow link road from 11th to University with new cobblestone pavers.

The final result was a full residential block development that melds a historic townhouse-style apartment building with vintage single family homes and a new modern mid-rise. Florence Court Historic Apartments blends a wave of youthful inhabitants and new urban living with a historic landmark, establishing a spirit of unique and forward-looking architecture.

Amenities include:

  • Oversized bedrooms
  • Underground bike storage
  • Furnished units
  • Courtyard
  • Grilling stations
  • Fitness center
  • Tanning beds
  • Business center
  • Underground parking
  • Electronic door access


2012 Multifamily Executive – Best Re-Use of Land, Merit Award