For years The Hotel Kaddatz was the leading hostelry in Fergus Falls, a west central Minnesota community of 13,000. But in the 1960s, when Interstate 94 opened on the south edge of town, Fergus Falls expanded to the south, and in 1975, the Kaddatz closed its doors. Although many thought the building should be torn down, a strong local preservation movement kept the historic structure standing until Artspace agreed to redevelop it as a live/work project.
The $2.4 million renovation created 10 units of mixed-income housing on the building’s upper two floors (it is Artspace’s smallest live/work project), more than 7,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and community space on the lower level. The hotel’s grand staircase, sealed off by an earlier remodeling, was restored and extended to the lower level as well.
Fergus Falls is home to many artists — the most prominent being printmaker Charles Beck. In 2009, the community recognized Beck by establishing a nonprofit art gallery, the Kaddatz Galleries, to exhibit his works and those of other regional artists.
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City of Fergus FallsFranklin BankMichel Associates, Ltd.Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic DevelopmentMinnesota Housing Finance Agency
City of Fergus FallsFrank W. Veden Charitable Trust Lake Region Healthcare Corporation The McKnight FoundationOtter Tail Power CompanyRoger L. and Agnes C. Dell Charitable TrustWest Central Initiative FundWells Fargo Housing Fund
“I think this building will act as a real example of what communities can do with reuse of historic buildings for economic development.”— Chris Schuelke, Executive Director, Otter Tail County Historical Society
A three-story building with 10 live/work units on the upper two floors.
New appliancesHardwood floorsLarge windowsOn-site laundryOff-street parking
To learn more about available live/work spaces, or to be added to the wait list contact Karen at 218.205.0644.
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