City seeks proposals for new design guidelines for St. Anthony Falls Historic District

The City of Minneapolis is seeking proposals for professional services to develop new design guidelines for the St. Anthony Falls Historic District, a local, state, and National Register historic district. The update to the design guidelines will take a holistic approach toward the many features that make up the essential character of the district one that balances preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation with the opportunity that comes from integrating new infrastructure, uses, higher densities, buildings, and landscapes. The new design guidelines will address the entire cultural landscape of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District to steward the entire collection of resources into the 21st Century.

Design guidelines are a local policy and regulatory tool used in decision-making to evaluate alterations and new development within the historic district.  The new design guidelines will include guidance on the following:

The current St. Anthony Falls Historic District Design Guidelines were adopted by the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission in 1980. The majority of the funding for the project is from a grant from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board.

Proposals are due by 4:00pm Thursday, January 27, 2011 and can be found online at the Professional Services RFP website.

Background

In the three decades since the existing design guidelines were adopted, the district has seen dramatic change. Access to and interaction with the falls and the river has evolved, infrastructure has been added, project plans have been developed and realized, and the understanding and knowledge of the historic resources in the district have increased.

The existing design guidelines for the historic district provide a set of architectural standards for new building construction based on a series of discreet sub-districts. The existing document was not crafted in a time when it was considered necessary to address some of the basic and key features of the district: the falls, the river, industrial infrastructure, archaeology and landscape features.

Published Jan. 4, 2011