Hoffman-Callan Building
(1963)
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hoffman-Callan Building (1963) Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Hoffman Callan Company Building (MHPR HE-SLC-055) was designed by Prairie School architect James Dresser of Madison, Wisconsin, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and a Taliesin Fellow. The round concrete block design was Dresser’s attempt to maximize the production efficiency of local entrepreneur Elliott Hoffman’s printing business. Dresser described the building plan as “looking like an unspooling roll of paper.” A ring of round skylights surrounds a steel column in the central atrium of the building. The decorative acoustical ceiling features flourescent lights above a series of radiating wooden fins. Level II Minnesota Historic Property Record (MHPR) photographic documentation (35mm film) was performed for Preservation Design Works, LLC.

 

North Elevation - MHPR HE-SLC-055-02 (Please credit Daniel R. Pratt and the Minnesota Historic Property Record)

Atrium Lights - MHPR HE-SLC-055-11 (Please credit Daniel R. Pratt and the Minnesota Historic Property Record)