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Pillsbury “A” Mill                                                                                                        ...
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  1. 1. SITE WHITE GRAIN ELEVATORS THE GRAIN APARTMENTS PARKING PLAN SKYWAY THEbefore & after PILLSBURY A MILL & WAREHOUSE RED TILE GRAIN THE A MILL MILL AND MAIN OFFICES ELEVATOR ELEVATORS HOTEL BAR BAKERY W/ OUTDOOR PATIO CANOPY SOUTHELEVATIONbefore & after pillsbury “a” mill warehouse and red tile grain elevator white grain elevators the “a” mill hotel the mill and main offices // the mill and main bakery // the grain aparments the elevator bar PROGRAM PROPOSAL (”a” mill complex // white grain elevators) Typical Aparment Floor Business Center Hotel O ces /Service area & Gym Floor Lounge O ces by Floor Elevator Bar Elevators Check in Desk floors 7-9 Ballroom / Multi-Purpose Storage for Tenants Storage for Tenants Bike Room Sitting Area Lobby Bar Lobby Gym / Bakery Restaurant Fitness Studio Apartment Community Lobby / Mail Room / Driveway Canopy Dry Cleaners Convenient Store / Liquor Store Space / Gym Elevators / Restrooms main floor first floor
  2. 2. ProposalWHY NOW? INSPIRATION 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 rms. 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. ARCHIVAL explore site creatively build site comprehensively MAINTAIN OPEN, LIGHT FEELING MAXIMIZE THE VIEWS TO DOWNTOWN keep the industrial character while introducing contemporary design TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITE’S LOCATION Current Proposed
  3. 3. Pillsbury “A” Mill TIANA CARRETTA // ERIKA SORENSEN ARCH 3250 -003 // HISTORICAL PRESERVATION SITE CONTEXT CHARACTER DEFINING ELEMENTS . . . where is the site? . . . what needs to be preserved?According to the National Historic Register, the Pillsbury A Mill sits on a site The Complex is part of the St. Anthony Main Historic District, a central hub150 feet by 200 feet along St. Anthony Main Street. In addition to the A Mill, connecting the Warehouse District, Northeast Minneapolis, Marcy Homes, Pillsbury “A” Mill & Warehouse // 1881, 1914-17the Complex also includes several other newer buildings, a large block of the University of Minnesota, and Downtown Minneapolis. St. Anthony Maingrain elevators, and tunnels underground, all totaling a 7.9 acre site. The is a combination of industrial sites redeveloped to include newer commercial SETTINGentire complex is bound by 2nd Street (to the north), Main Street (to the buildings and residences, a cinema, and various restaurants and bars. As such, The placement of Pillsbury A Mill on the Mississippi River at St Anthony Falls was crucialsouth), Third Ave (to the west) and Sixth Ave (to the east). the site is easily accessible by many di erent transportation modes including to the success of the mill, not only because of the access to the water power provided by LRT, Car, Ped, Bike, and Bus. the only falls in the river, but also because of the railroad access. Moving the site would TO NORTHEAST compromise the signi cance that the A Mill had in the 1900’s as the largest mill in the NORTHEAST world, and the signi cance it carries today as one of the main contributors to the MINNEAPOLIS MARCY HOMES development of the area.WAREHOUSE TO MARCY HOLMES DISTRICT SCALE / SHAPE / DETAILS DINKYTOWN/ Making any changes or building any additions to the simple structure of the mill would BLDG UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TO DOWNTOWN TO U OF M alter the shape or scale, changing the historic aesthetic that is unique to the A Mill. The SITE original signage of the building, a simple concrete “Pillsbury” and “A” set into the façade DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS TO DOWNTOWN of the building, is an iconic detail that identi ed it from across the river. OPEN INTERIOR LRT CAR BUS PED Pillsbury A Mill Industry Restaurants Housing Business The open space of the interior of the A mill is important because it allows for natural light. It also shows the amount of space that was needed to operate the machinery. HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE . . . 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 our mill was the largest and most advanced in the world, and held this title for nearly 40 years. Charles Alfred Pillsbury hired architect LeRoy S. Bu ngton Red Tile Grain Elevators // 1910 to design the mill, making it rst mill ever to be designed by an architect instead of an engineer. With this bold move, MATERIAL the design of the building became just as notable as its size The material of the Red Tile Elevator is important and production capacity. Because of Bu ngton’s lack of because it is unique to this elevator. engineering knowledge, however, the building was not structurally sound enough to support the vibrations of SIGNAGE the machinery; in 1905 extensive structural supports The “Pillsbury’s Best Flour” sign that sits atop the were added. Red Tile Elevator is important because it is a testimony to modernization. The Pillsbury A Mill is an outstanding example of a mill SHAPE and the associated milling technologies that illustrate The shape of the Red Tile Elevators is important an important stage in industrialization, allowing the mill because of the unique massing of the block bins to process previously discarded grains. It is also the last and the head house. standing mill to represent the stage in history in which water power was the driving source for many types of mills. Once referred to as “Mill City,” the Pillsbury A Mill is now the only standing giant mill that helped make Minneapolis the White Concrete Grain Elevators // 1914 milling capital of the nation between 1880 and 1930. SCALE The scale of the concrete elevators, 104 ft by 260 ft, is important because it showcases the high volume of production the Mill was producting by 1914. MATERIAL The elevators are made out of reinforced concrete, which is important because it represents the modernization of the mill. SHAPE The shape of the concrete elevators is important because its massing is solid 1881 1910 Current with no voids.

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