This blog post will be updated regularly as a chronology of the progress at the construction site of the Hollywood Theater at 2815-2819 Johnson Street SE in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The building will be prepared for a future overall redevelopment with masonry repointing at the limestone, chimney repair, cleaning, restoration and relighting of the marquee, replacement of missing windows, and removal of the plywood and refurbishment of the doors on Johnson Street.
Following its period of popularity in the early 1900s, architectural concrete block next came into vogue in the mid-twentieth century. The ANSI modular standard block - commonly known as a concrete masonry unit or CMU - was introduced in 1946. Read more about the early beginnings of this popular building material.
"It wasn’t so long ago that a concrete block would not care to show its face in polite society." Read more about the early design and fabrication of the concrete block and its application in Minneapolis architecture.
We are delighted to introduce Hollie Batinich to our PVN team! Originally faring from Utah, Hollie has found a niche exploring some of the wonderful sites in Minneapolis. Take a moment to meet our Preservation Intern.
Meet the incomparable Marisa Koivisto. In addition to being one of PVN's first team members, Marisa, one of our Architectural Historians, is also the talent behind PVN's popular graphic materials and our website. Read about Marisa and learn more about Frogmore Stew (fun fact: it's not stew!).
Women have been an integral part of the preservation movement since it began over 150 years ago. Early preservationists understood the principles of advocacy and volunteer recruitment. Each of the following women has the common passion for saving historic buildings, tireless promotion of her cause, and endless dedication to the preservation movement.
We would like to introduce you to another exceptional member of the PVN team. This month's post features Laurel Fritz, an architectural historian and in-house Mid-Century Modern expert.
We are introducing each of PVN's staff to share the unique background, education, experience, and personality that make our team at PVN so great! This month's post features our Director of Research, Tamara Ludt.
This month, PVN staff read Traction by business guru Gino Wickman. The book offers entrepreneurs an operating system to strengthen six key components of business, many of which have been implemented into PVN's daily processes and office culture.
Meet PVN's Casie Radford! Learn more about historical architect Casie Radford's experience, projects and personality.
We are excited that the masonry rehabilitation at the Security (Upham) Building in St. Paul is complete, and all businesses are open. Read more about how PVN made this small preservation project have a big reward.
We are thrilled to announce that PVN’s Founding Principal and CEO Meghan Elliott was nominated and recently joined the Urban Land Institute’s Redevelopment and Reuse Council.
PVN is excited to work with the "Save the Historic Terrace Theatre" group on a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the historically significant Terrace Theatre in Robbinsdale. The Terrace Theatre has received a lot of press recently with its strong advocacy group. Read more of the recent news on the theater here.
PVN is seeking to add a qualified Historical Architect and Preservation Leader to the team. Historical architects are the core of preservation design services at Preservation Design Works (PVN). Architects work with other PVN staff, clients, and project stakeholders to collaboratively develop project strategies and design solutions that meet preservation standards and guidelines, project goals, and existing historic materials and conditions of the building.
PVN worked with the City of Minneapolis to prepare the designation studies for the Snyder Mansion and the C.A. Smith Lumber District, which the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) voted to designate as local landmarks on May 17.