Historic Preservation
Projects Under Construction

Board of Trade Building Restoration
Dubin Consulting of Northbrook, Illinois announced that they have hired Meyer Group Architecture of Duluth Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin to assist in restoring the historic Board of Trade Building in downtown Duluth. The Board of Trade building previously housed the Duluth Grain Exchange, along with numerous professional offices in downtown Duluth. Work will commence on the building during the Fall of 2017 and be completed by the end of December of 2018. Work includes what is being referred to as a "soft restoration" to improve public areas, create new tenant lease spaces, increase space efficiency and address life safety and code compliance. Meyer Group Architecture will work in conjunction with Preservation Design Works of Minneapolis on the restoration efforts.

Empire Block
Empire Block has been moving rapidly. The windows are now in and the shell of the elevator is almost complete. 

Tour of Empire Block

Ironwood Carnegie Library 

Historic Carnegie Library located in Ironwood, MI. Meyer Group is aiding in the renovation of the timeless community landmark. Built in 1901, it is the oldest operating Carneigie Library in Michigan. In 2011, the Library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Meyer Group was asked to prepare a historic structure report that would show in great detail the history and the existing conditions of the current building.

Glensheen Mansion Visitor's Center - Pre-Design

The Glensheen Master Plan envisions a new building to better fulfill the needs for a Ticket Booth and Welcome Center for the Glensheen Historic Estate than its current facility.  The new 4,200 S.F. center is appropriate for the programming that it shall need to house. The new center will house a gift shop, waiting area, bathrooms, storage, ticket booth. The design's intent shall be to respect the Glensheen Mansion's architectural integrity and provide a focus of optimal views to the property and to Lake Superior. The surrounding vehicular and pedestrian circulation network will support this project with little additional change. 

West Theater Renovation
Meyer Group Architecture was selected to assist in the restoration of the West Theater, one of two remaining Art Deco style theaters left in Duluth-Superior. The theater was constructed in 1937 and has been in and out of operation ever since. We will be restoring the building to its original Art Deco theater aesthetic and purpose. The venue will show classic, alternative film, live music, as well as host community events.

Projects Completed

Ely City Hall

The City of Ely has proposed to renovate its historic 1930 Art Deco style City Hall building. Meyer Group was hired to develop Construction Documents for the project. Part of the renovation of the City Hall, located on East Chapman Street, includes an addition to the historic structure that provides an accessible entrance to the building, enclosed stair tower, elevator and Police Department garage. The addition shall complement the Art Deco design, rather than compete with it, by being clad in metal plate wall panels of a contrasting color while still maintaining the scale and proportion of the existing building. The existing interior space of the building was remodeled in order to provide modern amenities, to efficiently house its tenants and to better serve the public. The utmost care shall be taken to preserve and protect all existing woodwork, decorative plaster and historic fixtures and finishes. Additional considerations include: the selection of maintenance free sustainable building materials, new energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems, user comfort and building security. 

Lac Courte Oreilles Kinnamon Cultural Center

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Chippewa desired to preserve the 2,400 S.F. building. The multiple-level building which was built in 1925 was abandoned in the 1960s. The school will now be the home of historic items from the tribe. The existing building will be adaptively reused now as a Visitor Center, Museum, and Gift Shop. The building will not only enhance tourism in the area but it will also help the local tribal businesses and local artists showcase their work. Preserving the historical character and fabric of the school during renovation was a key factor while working on this project. We are so glad to be a part of this beloved building and restore it to its original state.

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