A $36 million urban renewal project led by Quinn Evans Architects has transformed the iconic Knapp’s Department Store in downtown Lansing, Michigan, into Knapp’s Centre, a mixed-use development with Class A offices, restaurant/retail space, and 23 top-floor loft residences. The adaptive reuse project modernized the circa-1937 landmark while preserving much of the building’s celebrated Streamline Art Moderne design.
In an article entitled "How Lansing's historic Knapp's Building was restored" by Lindsay VanHulle the Lansing State Journal looks back at how the project came to be.
City officials say they wouldn't be able to claim total success at transforming downtown without the Knapp's project, or Accident Fund before it.
"It sent the message regionwide that Lansing can do this, we can do big things," Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said. "You couldn't pick two better, more iconic structures than these two buildings ... close to the ends of downtown as sort of the flagships of our commitment and what we can do."