Sponsored by D’ Amico Catering
If you look closely, you’ll notice a touch of old Minneapolis scattered amongst the space. From the original Terrazzo flooring, to the historic ruins that show their age, to the whispers of underground tunnels that span the property - a number of hand-selected D’Amico venues have been restored to maintain and highlight the original craftsmanship of the buildings. The company likes to think of this as character building, a way of honoring history while still modernizing the event space with the essentials of present day demands.
Company wide, D’Amico takes pride in their venues’ roots. A number of properties in their portfolio fall under the broad reach of the Minnesota Historical Society (MHHS) – a driving force behind the preservation of many of Minnesota’s most notable sites from the MN History Center to the Mill City Museum. These establishments are protected and held to the highest code by the MNHS. The Historical Society strives to preserve history by educating the local population on the state’s origins and maintaining iconic architecture. It’s a beautiful way of connecting present to past generations, bridging the gap from age five to 85.
One of the most prominent properties in D’Amico’s portfolio, situated on the banks of the Mississippi River is the Mill City Museum. This landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, dates back to 1874 when it served as the original Washburn A. Mill, which at the time functioned as the world’s largest flour mill. As time passed and technology evolved, milling practices became obsolete, but the impact of the mill left its mark on the city of Minneapolis. In March 2001, the art of fusing the old with the new began and the restoration was under way. The goal of the renovation was to preserve the finest qualities of the mill’s architectural integrity while maintaining its original structural elements at each turn; materials such as limestone, brick and steel are still onsite today and reflect the nineteenth century character of the facility.
These historical sites are held to the highest code in order to honor and preserve Minnesota’s roots. As a result, the changes that can be made during the renovation process are rather limited. One of D’Amico’s most recent projects that allowed for a little more creativity to be incorporated in the restoration process is Loring Social. The challenge was to preserve the quality and character of this historic building, while creating a contemporary space that served the vision of D’Amico’s food service and events. The space itself dates back to 1911, serving as the original Stutz Bearcat Car Dealership, one of the first car dealerships in Minneapolis. Under the direction of D’Amico and Partners, in collaboration with David Poorman Architect, LLC, industry experts joined forces to preserve and restore the original integrity of the space while elevating the interior features with all the modern day necessities.
Loring Social has thoughtful historic nods that were strategically made throughout the renovation of the space - beginning with the room names: Waverly and Chelsea, both of which channel prominent New York City locations. Original elements of the interior are still present today - the refurbished Terrazzo marble floors exuding charm and the novel freight-elevator from the turn of the century still intact adding a touch of industrial chic. While original materials such as brick and steel have been preserved where possible, new components have been added such as statement chandeliers and avant-garde art to bring a contemporary aspect to the venue. The renovation outcome maintains a vibe of classic-elegance meets modern-day style.
Bringing historic venues into the present-day is a remarkable process. The all-encompassing exercise covers the renovation of original materials and structure, preserves architectural history and addresses the modern demands of the hospitality industry – producing one stunning locale.
Industry experts look forward to these properties lending themselves well to successful, modern-day events, all while highlighting a bit of historic charm.
Sponsored by D’ Amico Catering
As a proud member of the D'Amico & Partners family, D'Amico Catering takes the artisan's craft perfected in the restaurants and broadens our palette from Italian and Mexican to reflect a much broader and more eclectic point of view. The result is an ambitious and inspiring interpretation of new American cuisine. Our quality and experience create the perfect food, service and atmosphere to make your event flawless. We ensure that each client can be a guest at their own event, enjoying the event and leaving the cuisine and service to our capable team.