This building began its life as the Bovey mansion, a stately Georgian-style residence constructed in 1915. The front door features intricate columns and leads into tall ceilings trimmed in dental crow-moldings and ornate base details. In the 1950’s, a large two-story gymnasium and commercial kitchen were added transforming the building. As the first Boys Club it offered Minneapolis’s youth a safe and positive place to learn and play. The empty building presented another opportunity for reinvention.
Both halves of the building retained a polarity between historic luxury and mid-century utility. The design solution for this event center respects contrast. New modern detailing elevates the gymnasium by featuring natural daylight filtered through contemporary metal screens. The effect creates a dance of light within the large gathering hall. Using CNC technology, the team transformed a gymnasium into a refined modern experience. The brick house was restored to its original character and provides areas for smaller gatherings and regal bridal suites. People walk into the large event space passing through a dark monolithic wood wall. The simple material matches the texture and color of the original hardwood and frames a portal into a world of celebration.