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Lowry Nature Center

Constructed in stages from 1886 through 1930, the 14-story Lowry Building is an architectural landmark in the heart of downtown. In its varied life it once held offices for doctors and dentists (as the Lowry Medical Arts Building), mixed use retail, and commercial offices.

Conversion of the structure included retaining and enhancing the commercial and office space on the 1st and 2nd floors, and remodeling the remaining floors into 120 one- and two-bedroom condominium units. The top floor includes upscale penthouse units with unparalleled views of Landmark Center, the St. Paul Hotel, and the Mississippi River.

Collaborative Design Group provided architecture, interior design, historic preservation, and structural engineering services. The first two floors were restored, focusing on the terra cotta and granite decorative elements. The upper floors required re-pointing of the brick, along with terra cotta patching and replacement. CDG also developed designs for the missing historic entrance canopies and storefronts, and prepared a window replacement package. The interior design leveraged the grand windows, elaborate terrazzo floors, and soaring spaces to create dynamic living quarters with fascinating interplay of historic and modern elements.

Its key location, blocks away from the Ordway Theater, Xcel Energy Center, Science Museum, Main Library, and Landmark Center, offers unmatched amenities to the Lowry’s tenants. The building is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.


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Architecture • Engineering • Historic Preservation • Interiors • Planning