Grain Belt Studios


The Grain Belt property is a great example of the power of historic restoration and repurposing. With Artspace’s vision, and Brian’s steadfast guidance through the acquisition and financing, these landmark buildings in Northeast Minneapolis gained new vitality. Now surrounded by a thriving arts community, the Grain Belt Studios play a central role in supporting the culture of our great city.
– Joe Biernat, Former Minneapolis Third Ward Council Memberr


The Grain Belt Bottling House (1906) and adjacent Warehouse (1910) served as vital components of the historic Grain Belt Brewery complex in Northeast Minneapolis for seven decades.

While the majestic brewhouse across the street stood vacant for nearly three decades after the brewery closed in 1975, the Bottling House and Warehouse soon filled with artists and creative businesses looking for inexpensive studio and office space. By the late 1990s, however, the neighborhood around the brewery had begun to gentrify. When the City of Minneapolis announced plans to sell the buildings, the artists approached Artspace with a request to buy and operate them as affordable non-residential artist studios.

Acquisition of the Bottling House and Warehouse has preserved nearly 130,000 square feet of space for artists and creative businesses that might otherwise have been converted into market-rate offices or condominiums. Today both buildings provide working studio space for area artists, and the complex is integral in the annual Art-A-Whirl event—the nation’s largest open studio tour.

Location:Minneapolis, MN
Total Acquisition Cost:$2.1 million
Total Area:129, 735 sf
Number of Units:49 Working Studios
Acquired:September 2005
Financing:First Mortgage