Reactivating the building that inspired Bob Dylan

"New History's experienced team did a great job managing and advising us (the owner) and the design team during the historic tax credit application process. New History's attention to detail and the process enabled us to meet the critical project deadline."

- Mark Poirier, Forever Young Historic Rehabilitation, LLLP

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LOCATION

 

CLIENT

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Duluth, MN

Forever Young Historic Rehabilitation, LLP

1915, 1941

2020-current

Historic tax credit consulting

108,000 sq. ft.

State and federal historic tax credits are a key tool to reactivate the long-vacant Armory.

CHALLENGE

Like many armories, the Duluth Armory is a challenging building type to reuse: it has a large historic drill hall with a unique and more decorative headhouse. But, the building played a key part in the social and public history of Duluth - including performances by Bob Dylan. Finding the right mix of tenants and uses that make this building work again is difficult.

 

SUCCESS

New History worked with the owner and design team to develop a phased renovation project. The lower level will be reactivated first, providing manufacturing and food production spaces for local businesses. Later, the drill hall and headhouse will bring more tenants and visitors to this building on the shore of Lake Superior.