Northern Warehouse Artist Lofts

308 Prince Street St. Paul, MN, 55101

Overview

The Northern Warehouse Artist Lofts is not only Artspace’s first project—it was also the first in the nation to use Low Income Housing Tax Credits for artist housing. In the late 1980s, the City of Saint Paul invited Artspace to redevelop the six-story, historic warehouse, which became a catalyst for the economic and cultural growth of downtown Saint Paul’s struggling Lowertown neighborhood. The Northern offers 52 affordable live/work units for artists and their families on its upper four floors, while the lower two provide space for a gallery, nonprofit arts organizations, a coffeehouse, and other creative businesses. Artspace refinanced the Northern in 2011 to pay for repairs and upgrades, guaranteeing that Artspace’s first project will remain affordable for artists for an additional 30 years. 

Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of Saint Paul; Minnesota State Historic Tax Credits; WNC Associates; F.R. Bigelow Foundation; Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul Cultural; STAR Program; The Saint Paul Foundation

1990

Architect:

DJR Architecture, Inc.

Contractor:

Langer Construction Company 

Development Cost:

$10 million

Square Feet:

161,280 sq ft

Units:

52 live/work units + two floors of commercial space