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> Stark Preservation Planning is honored to receive a 2009 preservation award from the St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commission and the St. Paul Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for “developing a detailed historic context plan for the City of St. Paul’s historic resources.”



EXPERIENCE

I-35W BRIDGE COLLAPSE MITIGATION
35WFollowing the August 2007 collapse of the Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Transportation called on Stark Preservation Planning LLC to document previously unknown historic resources affected by the accident. Original research and careful documentation of the former railroad bridge abutment associated with the Minneapolis & Western Railway (demolished in 1952) and the maze of railroad spurs and sidings leading to the Pillsbury ‘A’ Mill (National Historic Landmark) and other buildings were among the historic properties entered into the Minnesota Historic Property Record. Design guidelines for the railroad corridor and were also provided to the city as they develop the former railroad corridor into a parkway and trail system.



GRAIN ELEVATORS AND REUSE STUDIES
Will Stark has conducted extensive research on grain elevators and the grain trade in Minneapolis. His article published in Hennepin History discusses the impact that the shipping, storage and trade of grain had on the Minnesota economy and the unique built legacy of cylindrical concrete structures that it left behind. To read more about Minneapolis’ grain industry click here.

grainWhile these iconic structures are an important part of Minneapolis’ heritage, their effective reuse is a tremendous challenge. Stark Preservation Planning collaborated with Thomas R. Zahn and Associates as a member of the team exploring the potential reuses for the historic grain elevators associated with the Washburn ‘A’ Mill complex, a National Historic Landmark. A wide range of creative reuse options were considered, including restaurant or residential use, district energy cooling system, office space for local agencies, and expansion of the museum’s exhibit facilities.



towerCOMMUNICATION ANTENNA AND TOWERS
Cellular communications antennas and towers continue to be installed at a rapid rate and have the potential to affect historic properties. Stark Preservation Planning conducts visual effects assessments quickly, efficiently and thoroughly, meeting all of the criteria and qualifications in the FCC’s Nationwide programmatic agreement regarding Section 106 and the placement of communications antennas. Stark has completed assessment of effects in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.



INTERPRETIVE PLANNING – PIERRE AND FORT PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA
A Preserve America grant provided funding for an interpretive signage project highlighting the unique heritage of Pierre and Fort Pierre, South Dakota. In collaboration with Loki Interpretive Group, Stark Preservation Planning conducted research for text and images, and wrote compelling and informative stories for 13 sites. Subjects ranged from ancient Indian culture, National Historic Landmarks, nineteenth century commercial and residential historic districts, early Steamboating on the Missouri River, Pierre’s first school house and the State Capitol.
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