Project Overview

During the entitlement process for the Shoreham we worked closely with the City of St. Louis Park to ensure that the history of the building would not be forgotten after our new building was constructed. That’s where Preservation Design Works came in. They prepared a documentation report that told the story of the Hoffman-Callan building as well as the people and the businesses that inhabited it.
— Will O’Keefe, Project Manager, Bader Development

When a new multi-family development was proposed in Saint Louis Park for several parcels at a busy intersection, concern was raised over the loss of a distinctive round concrete block commercial structure. The City and local historical society referenced a recent survey at the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) that identified the Hoffman Callan Company building as a potential historic resource for its unique architecture.

PVN’s worked with the developer and City to propose a mitigation plan to document the building and distribute the results of the research to appropriate archives and repositories. PVN also conducted an oral history interview with the original building owner, which added a unique user’s perspective to the historical documentation. PVN retained sub-consultant Dan Pratt, an architectural photographer and entrepreneur, to complete the archival photography.

The final report, which meets the Minnesota Historic Property Record Level II Documentation Standards, is available at the Northwest Architectural Archives of the University of Minnesota, as well as at the Saint Louis Park historical society. It is a valuable tool that helps researchers, historians, and community members understand the City’s past, and remember its architectural and business history.

Photo Credit: Dan Pratt, ARCH3, LLC