What Captivates Us? A Story!
In the world of Heritage Preservation we are captivated by the stories of People and Places. Stillwater Minnesota is exceptionally this place, she resonates with our soul and lives in our spirit- where we live, work and play. And, we care about our community, very much. As time marches on, Team BPC is thrilled to be a part of the evolution of our St. Croix Valley- our ongoing stewardship of our built environment, humanitarian efforts and our resource preservation/rehabilitation/repurposing towards designing a better tomorrow.
We are triggered by a recent project to shout out our passionate commitment to collaborate with others to creatively develop historic brick and mortar structures with a wholistic approach. The process in guided by our local Heritage Planning Commission, Downtown Historic Guidelines, National Standards, local code and zoning criteria. While these may feel daunting to some, it’s an exciting challenge and meaningful work that we enjoy, you will too. Now is the time to Invest.
The Outfitters :: circa 1904
Located in the heart of the Downtown Commercial Historic District in Stillwater MN is The Outfitters building- 223 Main St. S. This approx. 9,000 SF treasure has been recently purchased by an individual whose stewardship objectives aligns with BPC- meaningful design, preservation and rehabilitation of special places.
Officially on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and built ca. 1904-1910, the three story red brick Classical Revival Style commercial building features red sandstone detailing with “..an elaborate broad metal paired bracketted and paneled swag parapet with dentilling.” Yet, what of this large and tall chimney- its original uses– back in 1912 (see photo insert)? Who were the occupants and what were they doing? As part of our work, the ‘Discovery Phase’ will reveal and expose what the stories were- we love this process!
Plans for the Restoration of the Main St façade will follow the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, revealing what is under the 1980’s wood clad storefront and reconstructing the past based on verified historic information. The Rehabilitation of the second and third levels may undergo a modern shift to a contemporary interior with the revealed red brick- perhaps a trendy, hip residential loft space and rooftop deck. The Outfitters project will be guided by the stories of yesteryear and today, with a collaborate approach with history, the owner and design team who have a commitment to exceptional stewardship of special places.