Historical significance Why should the Pillsbury “A” Mill be saved?
. . . why should the pillsbury a mill be saved? The Pillsbury A Mill was constructed on the Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls in 1881. At the time of its construction the flour mill was the largest and most advanced in the world, and held this title for nearly 40 years.
Once referred to as “Mill City,” the Pillsbury A Mill is now the only standing giant mill that helped make Minneapolis the milling capital of the nation between 1880 and 1930. . . . why should the pillsbury a mill be saved?
Character defining elements What needs to be preserved?
Pillsbury “A” Mill & Warehouse // 1881, 1914-17
. . . what needs to be preserved? Setting // Scale, Shape, Details // Open Interior
Pillsbury Red Tile Grain Elevators // 1910
Materials // Signage // Shape . . . what needs to be preserved?
Pillsbury White Concrete Grain Elevators // 1914
Scale // Material // Shape . . . what needs to be preserved?
Why now? The Mill Complex is at risk of piecemeal redevelopment , the major concern behind local support. It is now owned by a bank that has signed purchase agreements with two separate development firms . Local residents fear that the site will be broken up for piecemeal development, an outcome that could have negative consequences for the site’s historic buildings and landscape. Buildings that are more challenging to rehabilitate could sit vacant for years , deteriorating due to lack of maintenance and vandalism .
explore site creatively build site comprehensively MAINTAIN OPEN , LIGHT FEEL MAXIMIZE DOWNTOWN VIEWS keep industrial feel while introducing contemporary design TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SITE’S LOCATION
SITE PLAN before & after
SOUTH ELEVATION before & after
PROGRAM PROPOSAL “ a” mill, red tile grain elevators, & white concrete grain elevators