Northern Warehouse Lofts

A Model of Sustainability

308 E Prince St St. Paul, MN, 55101

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Opened in 1990 and serving as a catalyst for economic and cultural growth in downtown Saint Paul’s Lowertown Neighborhood. The Northern Warehouse Lofts was not only Artspace’s first project, but it was also the first in the nation to use Low Income Housing Tax Credits for artist housing. The former Northern Pacific Railway facility includes 52 units of affordable live/work space for creatives and their families, an art gallery, and commercial space for arts-friendly businesses and nonprofit organizations. 

Architect: DJR Architecture, Inc.

Funders: F.R. Bigelow Foundation; Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program; The Saint Paul Foundation

Financial Partners: Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of Saint Paul; Minnesota State Historic Tax Credits; WNC Associates

est. 1990

Type of Development

Workforce Housing / Affordable Artist Housing 

Number of Units


Types of Units

Efficiency One- and Two-Bedrooms

Total Area

161,280 sq. ft.


Galleries, non-profit organizations, coffee shop/wine bar, sushi restaurant