Eitel Building City Apartments, Minneapolis

Eitel City Apartments

Built in 1911, the Eitel Building was originally used as a maternity hospital.  Considered state-of-the-art for its time, the facility was unique in offering a homelike atmosphere while conforming to every requirement of an up-to-date hospital.  Today, the original building has been adaptively reused as a 211 – unit loft and apartment complex with prime views of historic Loring Park.

The new addition to the original structure offers a dramatic contrast of old and new architecture differentiating the two eras of the complex’s design.  The use of brick on the new lobby entrance to the historic building, and on the addition, tie the buildings together while delineating old from new.  The central courtyard also provided a façade break to ensure balance in the scale and massing of the new addition.

The residents of this apartment building can take full advantage of urban living and a true neighborhood feel, with numerous food and entertainment amenities located within walking distance. The lobby, common spaces, and living environments were created with the intention of connecting the openness of the interior to the surrounding park setting and city atmosphere, with a new rooftop terrace that offers views of the park and downtown Minneapolis.  The Eitel Building City Apartments is a rebirth for this historic hospital, highlighting the early development of Loring Park and its future as a home for new Minneapolitans.

Owner/Developer: Village Green Apartments; Architectural Interior Design/Landscape Architecture/Mechanical, Electrical and Structural Engineering: BKV Group; Historical Consultant: Hess Roise & Company; General Contractor: Frana Companies; Civil Engineer: Schoell & Madson (now MFRA).