Credit: Renderings by AWH Architects

Credit: Renderings by AWH Architects

Developer proposes apts for historic Rockler Fur building

Updated: March 17, 2016 - 3:57 pm

VoR Development plans to rehabilitate the historic Rockler Fur Company building into a 55-unit apartment building.

The New York-based developer has submitted plans to the Heritage Preservation Commission to bring the 1915 building, also known as the Film Exchange building and the Printer’s Exchange building, into the 21st century with a facelift to the century-old masonry. 

The project would convert the seven-story building at 16 4th St. N. for residential use with units on every floor. The building would also get new lobby spaces and a variety of restorations and repairs, according to plans submitted to the commission. 

The building, built in the Gothic Revival style, was originally constructed to store films, which it continued to do until the 1960s when it was used as fur storage, according to the application. L.A. Rockler Fur Company and other business tenants currently occupy the building. The developer is proposing to remove the company’s sign on the front of the building. 

Minneapolis-based AWH Architects is handling the project’s design. Architect Alex Haecker said they’re applying for historic tax credits for the project. 

Because the building is a contributing property in the Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District, the project will need Heritage Preservation Commission approval. The project is slated for review during the commission’s March 22 meeting. 

Brent Rogers of Saturday Properties said his Northeast Minneapolis-based company will be the property manager of the project.

Saturday Properties is also rehabbing the century-old Gardner Hardware building in the North Loop with AWH Architects as the design firm and VoR as a development partner. Once restored, the building will be open for creative office users, a restaurant and a retail tenant. 


Correction: A previous version of this story said Saturday Properties was the developer. It will be the property manager.

Submitted to the City of Minneapolis