Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill DistrictMinneapolis, MN
Design Achievement – The new Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District is an adaptive reuse of the historic Advance Thresher/Emerson-Newton Building. Completed in 1904, the building has been on the National Historic Register since 1977. The original design was heavily influenced by Louis Sullivan work on large-scale commercial/industrial buildings in Chicago, which in turn, informed design in Minneapolis at the turn of the century. The new Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District preserves the building’s heritage and offers guests a truly modern, energizing atmosphere in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The classic exterior combines brick with terracotta detailing, helping to clearly define the building’s upper and lower levels. The interior architecture required a complete renovation removing all interior elements down to the structural frame. The interior design exposes the heavy timber construction and original wood ceilings. The signature element is a soaring central atrium that fills the space with daylight.
Scope Summary – This project encompassed the preservation and reuse of approximately 135,000 SF on seven floors. The design provides 183 guest rooms and more than 6,000 SF of flexible, glass-enclosed collaboration meeting spaces featuring exposed wood ceilings and exterior brink walls, a grand canopy central, dining, and a sky lounge with dramatic views to U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. DLR Group provided architecture, interior design, and engineering services.