Barrel House

Minneapolis, MN

The building now known as Barrel House was built in 1880 to accommodate the storage needs of the booming flour mill industry in Minneapolis’ West Side Milling District. Barrel House was first known as the Hall and Dann Barrel Company. In 1984, the building was transformed from a warehouse into a modern office building in an extensive renovation.

In 2016, BKV Group began its work in restoring this historically significant office building. The goal of the renovation was to remain authentic to the building’s heritage and narrative while adding modern amenities. The historic building features brick and timber construction, abundant indoor executive parking, a lower level amenity floor, and an expansive glass-enclosed atrium. BKV Group assisted in exterior re-branding efforts and signage throughout. Updates also included a new building entry, a re-worked rooftop terrace, and electrical and mechanical systems upgrades. Our team also provided interior finish, fixture, and furniture updates to common spaces.

As part of this restoration, BKV Group also designed a landscaped path called a “Woonerf.” This was modeled after a Dutch street design concept consisting of shared space for vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles. The Woonerf provides a rare gateway to the parks and trails along the Mississippi River. It also serves as a public right of way for bicyclists and pedestrians.