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University of Minnesota

Pillsbury Hall Rehabilitation

JE Dunn performed a rehabilitation of Pillsbury Hall, the second-oldest building on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Originally constructed in 1887 as a science hall, the renovated building now serves as a home for the Department of English, the University’s top-ranked Creative Writing Program, and the Humanities Engagement Hub.

Decades of neglect had left Pillsbury Hall deteriorating and with significant accessibility and code deficiencies. The 16-month project transformed it into a modern, vibrant learning space while retaining the historic elements that provide a link to the past. A new stair tower occupies the distinctive turret, with the restored original stonework of the interior walls exposed. The attic space, previously used as storage space, has been transformed into a soaring venue where natural light floods the wide space crossed by the original timber support beams – ideal for events such as guest lectures and author readings.

Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Client
University of Minnesota
Architect
Architecture Advantage
Completion Date
April 2021
1887
Original Construction Date
59,000
Square Feet
50
Feet
Height of Interior Ceiling on the Top Floor

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