Charles Alfred Pillsbury was known as a visionary leader in his industry, constantly rethinking and reinventing processes to become one of the foremost businessmen of his age. One of his great innovations: the idea that an industrial building should be architecturally pleasing. Designed by prominent Minneapolis architect LeRoy S. Buffington, the Pillsbury A-Mill is a masterpiece of industrial design that served as the largest flourmill in the world for 40 years. It is one of only three Minneapolis structures designated as a National Historic Landmark (one of only 26 in Minnesota). In fact, the river was diverted through the building to provide power during its flour-milling days, and water continues to flow underfoot today.
A-Mill Artist Lofts is LEED Certified with 100% of the rainwater going through a storm-water management system that will include using roof water for irrigation. Some heating and cooling will be provided by a hydrothermal system using the flow of the Mississippi River through the building. All exterior lighting will be LED lighting, including a conversion of the old neon Pillsburys Best Flour sign.