“As fine as they are, the Weisman, Walker and MIA rarely let you speak with the artists whose works you admire. For that you have to go to the Northrup King Building.”

-Los Angeles Times


The Northrup King Building is actually a complex of 10 buildings first constructed in 1917.

Originally built for and occupied by the Northrup King & Co. seed company, its location adjoining two sets of railroad tracks made it the ideal place to ship seeds across the United States. Northrup King & Co. occupied the building until the late 1980s, when it was sold to Jim Stanton of Shamrock Properties.

Through an ongoing process of renovation, Stanton and his daughter Debbie Woodward (Property Manager from 2001 - 2018) turned the Northrup King Building into the creative center of over 350 artists and arts-related businesses that you know today.

The building was sold to Artspace Projects, Inc. upon Woodward's retirement.

The Building Today

The Northrup King Building is home to over 300 tenants including a creative center to over 250 artists as well as various small business and nonprofit organizations. Here you will find some of the most exciting open studio events in the Twin Cities area.

You will also have opportunities throughout the year to shop at the various warehouse sales for apparel, furniture, etc.


While some art studios have regular full-time hours, others are used as primarily production studios with limited event hours. Simply check and contact the particular artist or business directly for hours and information.


The Northrup King Building is open the first Thursday of every month from 5 to 9 pm and is home to two of the twin cities' biggest shows - Art-A-Whirl, which takes place in the spring in locations throughout NE Minneapolis, and Art Attack, which takes place in the fall and is exclusive to this building only.