Centrally located in downtown Minneapolis, The Cowles Center was originally the Samuel S. Shubert Theater, built in 1910. It’s doors closed in 1983 and the theater was brought under the threat of the wrecking ball in favor of a major downtown development when we proposed to move the Shubert in its entirety, out of the way, solving the issue in a way that benefited preservationists, developers, the city and the arts community.
This is a project I started when I was Vice President at Artspace Projects, Inc., and is now home to the offices of Noordijk, inc., in Studio 418.
It took 12 days to move the theater two blocks to its new Hennepin Avenue location. At 5.8 million pounds, it was the heaviest building ever moved on rubber tires, and holds a Guinness World Record for this accomplishment. Today, it is Twin Cities’ newest arts center and the flagship for dance and performing arts in Minnesota.
Click here to see the amazing video of the process of moving such a massive structure!
The Developer - Artspace Projects, Inc.
Our Role - Architectural & Site Design, Financing Options, Capital Campaign Feasibility, Longterm Operational Planning and Community Engagement.
Check out the project at: http://www.thecowlescenter.org
And check out the VERY COOL Developer at: http://www.artspace.org