The historic rehabilitation of the former Conley Camera Factory and Maass & McAndrew Company building in downtown Rochester will be the first project in all of Olmsted County to receive the federal and state Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. The historic preservation project encompasses many different facets and perspectives but at its core it is an adaptive reuse of an historic structure. This project takes the long view of placemaking and builds upon a commercial landmark in downtown Rochester and attempts to imbue it with a progressive and innovative program that connects entrepreneurial energy to the furthest reaches of the globe. Located only a block from Discovery Square, the location is at the convergence of Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota Rochester, and a residential district. The tall ceilings, abundant natural light, restaurant and open offices are a juxtaposition of 20th century architecture and 21st century innovation. And while it is a prevalent model around the United States, it is the first of its kind in Rochester.
You can read in much greater detail the process involved with design and construction by checking out the Conley-Maass-Downs Building tag on our blog.