Crane Ordway

Lowertown Loft Living

This adaptive reuse of the historic Crane Ordway warehouse, which stood vacant for nearly 30 years, created 70 loft-style, affordable efficiency apartments in the heart of Saint Paul’s vibrant Lowertown neighborhood. Historic restoration included masonry and window reconstruction and restoration of the building’s original iron and glass stair.

The high window that worked well for the warehouse use would have limited views out of the new loft units. The sills could not be lowered due to the historic status of the building, so the team added raised platforms within the units that both provide residents with a eye level view outside and differentiate between living and sleeping zones within the lofts.

This project was completed by Cermak Rhoades Architects before joining LHB.
Project Type Affordable Multi-family Housing; Adaptive Reuse
Location Saint Paul, MN
Completion Date August 2006
Size 70 Units; 59,714 SF
Features & Highlights 2007 Adaptive Reuse Award from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
2007 Award of Recognition for Creative Design in Adaptive Reuse from the Saint Paul HPC and Saint Paul Chapter of the AIA
Market Housing
Service Architecture