NE Arts Buildings, Part 2: Casket Arts

Dating from 1887, the original Casket Building (above), which was occupied by the Northwestern Casket Company until 2006, is one of the oldest structures in Minneapolis. The company, now located in New Hope, manufactured and distributed a variety of funerary necessities, including: caskets, vaults, high-quality funeral cars, and burial garments. Today, the building is part of the Casket Arts Community in NE Minneapolis, which is comprised of three beautifully renovated historic factory buildings which were all converted into art studios in 2006 (namely: The Casket Arts Building, The Carriage House, and The Factory), featuring aged brick, century-old wooden floors, cast concrete, and ancient iron and steel. The Community also includes the adjacent NE Sculpture Gallery and the Franconia Sculpture Park.

Over 150 artists and art-based businesses inhabit the Casket Arts Community, most of which run full-time working studios. On the First Thursday and Second Saturday of every month, the community welcomes visitors to their open studio spaces, featuring: painting, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, printmaking, photography, wood-working, and more. The studios are also open to the public for several special events throughout the year, such as “Art-A-Whirl” (the largest open studio tour in the country, every May) “Open Casket” (in Oct), and “Art Attack!” (each Nov).

  • Visited: c. 2015 (The Casket Arts Building)

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