Minnesota Street Project

1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA

  • Architect: Jensen Architects
  • Contractor: Oliver and Company
  • Developer: Andy and Deborah Rappaport
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1275 Minnesota is the Minnesota Street Project's landmark location.
Credit: Gina Phelan for Tipping Structural Engineers

The Minnesota Street Project, designed by founders Andy and Deborah Rappaport to be a self-sustaining enterprise, seeks to revivify the embattled SF arts scene in an innovative and sustainable way.

Located in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood, the 36,000 gsf 1275 Minnesota is one of three warehouse buildings (1150 25th Street and 1240 Minnesota are the other two) converted to house the Minnesota Street Project, offering affordable, economically sustainable spaces dedicated to the arts; it currently accommodates eleven commercial galleries, a restaurant, an arts education nonprofit, two flexible exhibition spaces, a media room, and a shared kitchen and packing-and-shipping room.

Structural work included seismically upgrading the 20,000 sf warehouse and adding a 16,000 sf second floor. New shotcrete walls were added at the east and west walls; partial-height transverse concrete shear walls were added inside. Seismic improvements were also made to the existing roof structure. The new second floor was constructed of concrete fill over metal decking, supported on steel framing. New light-framed shear walls were added between the new second floor and the existing roof.