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Simmons Manufacturing Company Building

The newly renovated Carleton Place Lofts

St. Paul, Minnesota

The rehabilitation of the Simmons Manufacturing Building and Twin City Wholesale Grocer Company Buildings in St. Paul, Minnesota, used Federal Historic Rehabilitation and Low Income Housing Tax Credits to create Carleton Place, a grouping of three former warehouses adapted for reuse as affordable artist live/work space. Loft-style apartments were created in these structures that retain the buildings’ industrial character, with exposed brick, concrete and wood beams on the interiors. In addition, the complex boasts amenities such as community spaces, galleries, courtyards, gardens and a fitness center. The completed rehabilitation won several awards from the St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commission, the Minnesota Business Journal and the Minnesota Multi-Housing Association. It is hoped that Carleton Place will serve as a catalyst for further redevelopment in the area.

Photo: The newly renovated Carleton Place Lofts
– NPS file