Rising above the century-old cobblestones of Saint Anthony Main stands the historic Pillsbury A-Mill, a physically impressive reminder of the origins of the city of Minneapolis. Once the largest flour milling operation in the world, operations were shut down in 2003. The building sat vacant and deteriorated over the next several years. In 2011, it was placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation list of 11 Most Endangered Places.
Renewed interest in Minneapolis’ urban core and a demand for affordable housing, provided an opportunity to reuse the Pillsbury A-Mill to support Minneapolis and its burgeoning artistic culture. In 2013, Dominium acquired the mill and revitalized it into 251 affordable artist apartments known as the A-Mill Artist Lofts, bringing new life to the St. Anthony Falls Historic District.
A-Mill Artist Lofts was awarded the AIA Minneapolis Merit Award for 2016. This award honors projects designed by AIA Minneapolis architects that tell a story of excellence beyond design and reflect the variety of forces that shape a building. In addition, A-Mill Artist Lofts was selected as the 2016 Michael L. Schrock, AIA, Merit Award recipient. This honor is awarded to the winning project that most embodies Michael’s 7 Rules of Architecture: know where you are from, know who you are, know why you are, respect your benefactors, honor the environment, architecture must serve those who occupy it, there is beauty in functional economical, safe, environmentally responsible, owner-driven architecture.
The Merit Awards were presented to recipients at the AIA Minneapolis Chapter Luncheon in June at International Market Square in Minneapolis.
View full AIA announcement here.