Riverwood Pines Apartments in Little Falls, formerly the Our Lady of Angels Academy building built in 1911, recently earned the 2007 Preservation Adaptive Reuse Award by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.
The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is a statewide, private, nonprofit organization that is an advocate for the preservation of Minnesota's historic resources. The apartment complex received the award because it's a model example of how public and private partnerships can yield extraordinary preservation results.
The City of Little Falls and Metroplains Development first saw the potential to restore the building, to be used for affordable housing.
With design by JLG Architects and financial support from Little Falls, USDA Rural Development, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, US Bank, Central Minnesota Housing Partnership and M&I Bank, the renovated building is once again a pillar of the community.
The alliance's annual awards program recognizes outstanding projects, groups and individuals that contribute to the state's preservation accomplishments. Awards are presented, not on the basis of size or investment, but rather on the merit they provide to their community.
Hundreds of projects across the state have received recognition through the awards program in the categories of adaptive reuse, addition/expansion, advocacy, archaeology, career achievement, community effort, restoration/rehabilitation and stewardship.
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