The Soap Factory, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, inherited the 48,000 square foot National Purity Soap Factory Building in 1995, which is located by the riverfront in the historic Saint Anthony Falls District of Minneapolis. As a contributing resource to the historic district, changes to the property are subject to review and approval from the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and must meet the Design Guideline. The warehouse was in poor shape, and since inheriting the building, the organization has raised funds to make incremental repairs and improvements to the building, which now houses an exhibition and studio space for artists.
As a former Board member and co-chair of the Building Revitalization Task Force, Meghan Elliott has worked with the organization since 2009 to create the strategy and plan for rehabilitating the building. As a result, over $200,000 has been invested in building improvements. More recently, PVN worked for The Soap Factory to create an entry area that expands the program space, creates an outdoor event area, and identifies a clear entrance to the building. PVN documented and provided measured drawings of the areas of work, researched the building and construction history in order to understand the historic significance and integrity of the building and proposed entry area, and developed a plan for obtaining regulatory approvals. The entry area is currently being designed while funding sources are sought.