It's a familiar story: urbanization endangering historic places. This might entail development companies pouncing on prime real estate and gutting the old buildings, or razing them to the ground to make room for high-rises. The fate of the Pillsbury A-Mill is in the former category, as it's poised to become an ultra-chic riverfront property right on St. Anthony Main.
In 2011, the Pillsbury A-Mill ranked on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the most endangered historic buildings in the country. Once the world's largest flour mill, the A-Mill is undergoing a transformation into more than 200 affordable artists' lofts.
Late last year, New York-based photographer Scott Heins went to the mill and documented incredible sights within, including skeletal scaffolding, colorful graffiti, and a gorgeous nighttime look at the Minneapolis skyline. We got Heins's insights about how he found this urban diamond in the rough, what it really looks like inside, and what he thinks about the rapid urbanization of the Twin Cities.More »