Saving the Pillsbury A. Mill: A Reuse Plan for the Pillsbury ComplexBy Elle Poppe & Emily Richardson
“Only one of the giant flour mills that madeMinneapolis the milling capital of the nation from1880 until 1930 still stands. The Pillsbury “A” Millwas the largest, most advanced mill in the worldat its completion in 1881. From a 4,000 barrel-a-day capacity in 1882, it eventually grew to 17,500. The “A” Mill was a masterpiece of industrialdesign, a standard from which all other mills of its time were measured.” - Significance Statement
Industrial mills began to appear in theSaint Anthony Falls area in the early 19thcentury. The mills utilized the natural waterpower provided by the falls & technologicaladvances. Fossil fuels began to replace waterpower in the late 1930s causing a decline inthe Minneapolis industry. By the 1960s theonce-mighty flour mills ceased productionand the rail lines central to feeding the millswere removed.
“To some it is a giant Archeaological dig. To others it is a playground ofdining and nightlife and yet to others, it is a maze of beautiful parks and trails.” - St. Anthony Main
Brewery &RestaurantOne of the main attractionsof the complex would be abrewery. This would allowfor a use that would utilizethe instustrial aspects of thesite. Other componets ofthe brewery would include arestaurant, tours, and a pedalpub service.