Third Annual (Anti)Wrecking Ball Planned for May 18, 2012


Contact: Erin Hanafin Berg
Field Representative
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
O: 651.293.9047 x3 / C: 651.353.1394

Third Annual (Anti)Wrecking Ball Planned for May 18, 2012

Fundraiser benefiting Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
celebrates fifty years of preservation activity with interactive exhibit

(ST. PAUL, MINN—MAY 4, 2012) — The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) will hold its (Anti)Wrecking Ball on Friday, May 18, 2012. This annual fundraising event, billed as a celebration of the past fifty years of preservation activity, will include an interactive exhibit of preservation milestones, beginning with the demolition of Minneapolis’ Metropolitan Building in 1962.

The (Anti)Wrecking Ball will take place from 7:00-10:30 p.m., at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis. The Soap Factory, located at 514 2nd St. SE in the Saint Anthony Falls Historic District, is a non-profit gallery for new and emerging contemporary artists. It occupies a large warehouse space that once housed the National Purity Soap Company and is a notable example of both adaptive reuse and preservation-in-progress. The (Anti)Wrecking Ball coincides with the Soap Factory’s presentation of FLO(we){u}R, a performance ceramics manufacturing project based on World War I military targeting technology featuring artists Amber Ginsburg and Joseph Madrigal. The (Anti)Wrecking Ball date is also the opening night for the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association’s annual Art-a-Whirl.

In past years, the goal of the (Anti)Wrecking Ball has been to kick-start advocacy support for the sites on PAM’s 10 Most Endangered list. PAM has suspended the 10 Most Endangered list and is developing a new program, called Sites Worth Saving, in its place. More information about Sites Worth Saving, which will formally launch mid-summer 2012, will be presented to event attendees.

The (Anti)Wrecking Ball will feature live music by July Fighter, with food and drink available for purchase from The Twisted Sister House of Hunger and Surly Brewing. Admission is free, but a $10 per person donation is suggested. Advance registration is requested; sign up online at or by calling 651-293-9047.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

The (Anti)Wrecking Ball is free to the public thanks to the generous support of our Event Sponsors, DominiumNational Window Associates, and Weis Builders. Our Event Activity Sponsors – Collaborative Design Group; Kasson Alliance for Restoration; Meyer, Borgman, Johnson; and Allman & Associates –  make possible this year’s interesting and fun exhibit activities. Additional Exhibit Sponsors include Connie LiesFriends of the Graves FarmsteadBlue Planet Museum ConsultingDuluth Preservation AllianceFriends of the Riverfront, and St. Cloud Historic and Neighborhood Preservation Association.

Our sincere thanks go out to all of our Annual Organizational Sponsors for making PAM’s work possible throughout 2012: Premier Sponsor – Target; Landmark Sponsors – HGA and US Bank; Season Sponsors –Hess Roise and CompanyMacDonald & Mack ArchitectsMahoney, Ulbrich, Christiansen, Russ P.A.Miller Dunwiddie Architecture; and United Properties.

About the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) is a statewide, private, nonprofit organization advocating for the preservation of Minnesota’s historic resources. PAM was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1981 by Minnesota citizens concerned about the future of the state’s architectural and cultural landmarks. PAM  has grown into a network representing thousands of voices across the state. Beyond our membership, we collaborate and partner with other organization and agencies from the national to the local level.


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