photo by Hillary Lund
The Soap Factory, with the help of its recently formed Building Revitalization Task Force, is pleased to announce the selection of MacDonald & Mack Architects with Dunham Associates to create a Historic Structure Report and comprehensive energy plan. 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.
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 Soap Factory is a contributing resource in the St. Anthony Falls National Historic District and the City of Minneapolis Landmark District.
The Soap Factory is now offering programming all year rather than just seasonally. Stay tuned for more!