Project Overview

I wish to express my sincere appreciation for your efforts and skill in bringing the Plymouth Building Historic Designation project to a successful conclusion (awesome). It is even more gratifying given the challenges the project presented. It says more about your competency and remarkable focus than any flowery compliment - no matter how sincere - could.
— Gerard L. Cafesjian, owner and client

When the Plymouth Building’s owners first sought to have the building listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), it was dismissed as ineligible and generally considered insignificant except for its size. If the building was not eligible for the NRHP, it could not qualify for financial incentives like the state and federal rehabilitation tax credits to make building improvements and redevelopment possible.

PVN was retained by the owner to do additional research to determine if the building is historically significant. PVN’s research suggested that the Plymouth Building is eligible for the NRHP because it demonstrates “a type, period, or method of construction,” which is significant to American engineering. The Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service approved the Part 1 application and nomination for the NRHP. Eligibility for the NRHP allowed the building to access both state and federal rehabilitation tax credits.

Engineering and construction history are still relatively undeveloped areas of scholarship. Early larger structures such as the Plymouth Building demanded specialized engineering and design skills. These same structures can be adaptively reused today, however, accessing preservation-related financial sources is often needed to make these projects viable. At PVN, we specialize in this area of research, and bring unique historical research and analysis to buildings that might otherwise be “insignificant.”