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MINNEAPOLIS-Open Book recently received a 2001 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse. The project — it joins three non-profit literary organizations, including the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, The Loft, and Milkweed Editions — is the first literary and book arts center of its kind in the nation.

Open Book is housed in three contiguous, historic warehouse buildings on Washington Avenue between the University of Minnesota’s West Bank and Downtown Minneapolis. It is a forerunner in the redevelopment of this area, preserving historic structures as well as fragments from the past uses of the buildings.

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