Soap Factory Begins Historic Structure Report

Our friends over at The Soap Factory recently selected MacDonald & Mack Architects to prepare a Historic Structure Report for the facilities as well as a comprehensive energy plan with Dunham Associates. The report and plan will provide key information for the rehabilitation and much needed heating of the building. This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Lead Architect Robert Mack, FAIA, has provided full architectural services for numerous historic preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse projects since co-founding MacDonald & Mack Architects in 1976. Dunham Associates offers hands-on mechanical and electrical engineers who use cutting-edge software to efficiently provide designs that meet its clients’ needs.

The Soap Factory is a 501(c)(3) arts nonprofit in Minneapolis that draws over 24,000 individuals to its supportive environment for experiment in contemporary art. The organization is the sole owner of its facility, a 48,000 sq. ft. warehouse building with the original portion built in 1883 that housed the National Purity Soap Company for many decades. The structure is a microcosm of Minneapolis’ architectural development, with the original timber-framed brick warehouse, followed by two increasingly modern additions of steel and concrete, capped off with the quintessential mid-century modern offices completed in 1948. The building is a contributing resource in the St. Anthony Falls National Historic District and the City of Minneapolis Landmark District. The Soap Factory is dedicated to the production, presentation and promotion of emerging contemporary practice across the visual arts. Committed to experimentation and risk-taking, The Soap Factory offers audiences a real and immediate experience of the arts.

Questions regarding the project can be forwarded to:

Lillian Egner

Ben Heywood

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