The Itasca represents the conversion of a series of five turn-of-the-century warehouse buildings into a mixed-use development featuring 71 condominiums and commercial space.
Completed in 1980, the project included uncovering Bassett’s Creek, buried beneath the building, to allow it to openly flow through the lower level of the building. While the Creek has since been covered, the Itasca of today remains virtually unchanged—a testament to the overall success of the complex and the neighborhood that has grown up around it.
As one of the first warehouse conversion projects in the Warehouse District of Minneapolis, the Itasca reinforces an emerging enthusiasm for transforming valuable old buildings. The Itasca continues to be a local icon for preservation and cultivation of urban community living in Minneapolis. As such, it was awarded a 25-Year Award by AIA Minnesota. The prestigious 25-Year Award annually recognizes one exemplary architectural project that has withstood the test of time.
American Institute of Architects Minnesota
25-Year Award, 2009