Rising above the century-old cobblestones of Main Street, the historic Pillsbury A-Mill is an iconic Twin Cities and National Historic Landmark. Now reimagined as the A-Mill Artist Lofts, a community of affordable artist apartments, it remains a physically impressive reminder of the origins of the city of Minneapolis as the flour milling capital of the world.
The building retained many of the historic features of the original mill, including the original stone foundation and exterior. The interior design also incorporated much of the mill’s internal operations equipment. Members of our interiors team seamlessly integrated items such as chutes, pulleys, and lifts into the new spaces. The result is a look that is bold and modern, but it also tells the story of the building’s past. The 251-unit building includes many art studios, galleries, and gathering spaces for artists to pursue their craft, show their work, and collaborate with other residents.
The mill originally drew power from the Mississippi River – right outside its front door – from a hydroelectric system. Combining modern generating equipment with this existing infrastructure generates clean, renewable energy. This power source provides electricity for more than 70 percent of the A-Mill Artist Lofts’ peak power needs. The building is also LEED Gold certified thanks to this system and other sustainable initiatives.