Building features

In depth stories about the incredible buildings of Doors Open Minneapolis.


Hennepin Healthcare: Preserving History & Pioneering Art in Medicine

Research shows people feel better, have a more positive attitude and may heal more quickly when surrounded by beautiful, meaningful things. This is the philosophy that Hennepin Healthcare Clinics and Specialty Center has built its new six-story 377,000-square facility around.


Butler Square: Preserving our history. Sustaining our future.

Butler Square has long been called the Gateway to the Minneapolis Warehouse district. It’s also the keeper of the area’s legacy, with dozens of giant historic photos along a self-guided tour path ranging from 1892 to 1912. 


Harris Company Needs More Than a Few Good Men—and Women

Harris is a mechanical contractor based in St. Paul who is building excitement around the trades. “People are not attracted to careers in the trades because they don’t understand the types of technology we’re using: 3D modeling, laser scanning, virtual layouts, use of drones,” says Michel Michno, COO of Harris Company. “We need to explain all this and get people excited….one of the stops on the tour is the A-Mill Artist Lofts and Harris did a big project there, installing the turbine and generator under the building that uses the flow of the Mississippi to generate power and electricity for the residents.”


You won’t know an Ackerberg building by sight. And that’s a good thing.

Ackerberg doesn’t do “cookie cutter.” No two of their buildings look alike. Their mission is to build, restore and manage structures that fit the culture and needs of their environment. That’s why the two buildings Ackerberg has registered with Doors Open are completely different from one another.


RT Rybak Invites Us All to Find Common Ground

There are a lot of reasons to support this program but the most important is that it’s a way of reasserting common ground. No other community in America has done common ground better than Minneapolis.