The current Lighthouse Minneapolis site, located just a few blocks from the Northrup King Building in NE Minneapolis, dates back to the 1920s and was originally used for heavy industry, manufacturing, and outdoor storage. Starting in 2002, after years of sitting vacant, it was finally revitalized, beginning with the restoration of the building’s brick façade and the opening up of its bricked-in windows. New energy-efficient windows were then installed to brighten up the interior spaces, along with all new infrastructure, including: flooring, plumbing & sprinklers, HVAC, electrical systems, and the construction of new loading facilities and parking areas. Special focus was also paid to addressing and resolving the site’s pollution concerns, since the soil had been contaminated with petroleum, solvents, metals, and other hazardous substances resulting from the placement of contaminated fill into the former limestone quarry that once occupied the property.
Today, the site is comprised of flexible office space, one of which was recently transformed into a temporary immersive art space (below) for one of the popular Van Gogh exhibits currently sweeping the country this summer!
- Attended: Oct 2021 – “Immersive van Gogh” (above), featuring 500,000 cubic feet of projections; 60,000 frames of video; and 90,000,000 pixels!