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Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: April 23rd, 2019, 8:49 am
by MattW
<sticks foot in mouth>

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: April 23rd, 2019, 11:42 am
by downtowndweller
I have heard rumors of plans for a new development to include a hotel and apartment. Also, to include a daycare and fitness studio. Word is that it will be shorter than the original. Hopefully, the lack of heigth will be offset by an interesting design.

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: April 23rd, 2019, 11:45 am
by Qhaberl
That would be cool. Doesn’t necessarily have to be super tall. I would be more concerned about the mix of uses.


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Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: April 23rd, 2019, 4:04 pm
by Silophant
Interesting that, in a six-month or so period where (almost) every other proposal in downtown has finally broken through the six-story barrier, that this one would get dropped down to six stories.

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: April 23rd, 2019, 5:25 pm
by downtowndweller
Shorter doesn’t mean six stories, the original proposal was 12.

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: April 24th, 2019, 7:41 am
by Qhaberl
As long as the building has a good street frontage, I don’t necessarily care if it’s tall or not.


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Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: April 29th, 2019, 8:26 am
by SurlyLHT
Funny story I was walking Downtown with a coworker and he looked at this building and noticing they topped it out and logically said, "I thought they were going to make that taller?"

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: May 9th, 2019, 6:02 pm
by MattW
Say what you will about the height of this building, but the Armory looks much more 'in place' now that something tall-ish is across the street from it.

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: June 25th, 2019, 2:26 pm
by zlkahn
Updated photos, windows starting to go in

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Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: June 25th, 2019, 8:58 pm
by luigipaladio
The new Thrivent building is not as bad as the renderings made it seem, but it is still a bit on the disappointing side. This could have been a much more interesting structure, but it is basically a banded box with a skinny box tacked on to the end of it. The finishes are better than I anticipated. It’s just a bland, un-creative design.

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: June 26th, 2019, 10:35 am
by HiawathaGuy
luigipaladio wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 8:58 pm
The new Thrivent building is not as bad as the renderings made it seem, but it is still a bit on the disappointing side. This could have been a much more interesting structure, but it is basically a banded box with a skinny box tacked on to the end of it. The finishes are better than I anticipated. It’s just a bland, un-creative design.
It's a lutheran insurance company... so bland & un-creative sort of sums up the business. I mean, they aren't going to spend money unnecessarily. That would sort of spit in the eye of what they're about. So this is precisely what should have been expected from Thrivent.

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: June 26th, 2019, 10:45 am
by mattaudio
They built this gem 70 years ago: https://www.lileks.com/mpls/lutheran/index.html

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: June 26th, 2019, 1:50 pm
by luigipaladio
The 1953 Lutheran Brotherhood Building was indeed a gem. The stone cladding on the first floor always seemed like a distinctly Minnesotan twist to the Midcentury Modern surfaces of the building. It warmed the place up at street level. Creative designs do not have to be outrageously expensive, unless you are dealing with someone like Calatrava who can’t seem to design buildings that don’t leak. The new Thrivent building is an improvement on their cash register headquarters that will now saddle the county, but with little additional cost it could have been a much more graceful design. As it is, it is not bad infill.

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: June 26th, 2019, 2:12 pm
by TroyGBiv
I’m sure they think they’ve recreated the old building with their new structure... they haven’t.

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: June 27th, 2019, 8:32 am
by alexschief
I'm disappointed they couldn't get the original watercolor too.

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: July 1st, 2019, 8:02 pm
by NickP
Here is a new proposal for the remainder of the block.
http://m.startribune.com/apartment-buil ... 512080892/

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: July 1st, 2019, 8:14 pm
by Silophant
Eight stories? Curious.

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: July 2nd, 2019, 8:09 am
by alexschief
The building's first floor would have a 14,000-square-foot day-care facility and outdoor play area and 5,000 square feet of retail space, which Sherman is looking to fill with fitness users and a coffee shop
Is there another day-care facility nearby? This retail mix seems excellent for the neighborhood.

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: July 2nd, 2019, 8:38 am
by twincitizen
Would this 8-story building fill the remainder of the block then? Or will a pad site remain for one more building?

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

Posted: July 2nd, 2019, 8:58 am
by NickP
It looks like it’ll be the entire reminder of the block.