LEC Completes Historic Renovation of 100+ Year Old Apartment Building

Repurposing historic buildings are some of Laketown Electric Corporation‘s favorite projects. A few stunning design-build historic restorations that we have completed in recent years include the Machine Shop Event Center, Hotel Lora, Malcolm Yards Market, and the recently finished Holden House in St. Paul.

The Holden House project was 100+ years in the making, we were part of a negotiated team that took four buildings, and turned them into a remarkable 143-unit apartment building, where every unit is unique and has the character of the original buildings. We were fortunate to again work with our friend, developer Jeff Laux on this project.

When I was first engaged to be part of the Zeman Construction Company MEP team in 2019, these were decrepit buildings with broken windows, destroyed floorplan, and a leaky roof. Despite these challenges, we were able to design from scratch an elegant design with (2) new 2500 amp services, and complete it a month early on time and in budget. What the Zeman Construction Company team accomplished, is something to be exceptionally proud of where many other builders tried and failed on this property.

There is something special in taking something 100+ years old and transforming it into something remarkable. These jobs bring character and history that cannot be matched with new construction. Exposed brick, refinished original flooring, original stone, exposed ceilings as well as other remnant finishes take center stage on these jobs, and as electricians it is our job to conceal and cleanly work within these confines to not detract from the beauty of the original structures.

Holden House is now open for lease! Contact Saturday Properties at 612-360-3113 to schedule your tour!

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