Hewing Hotel

Historic Conversion

Minneapolis’ Historic Jackson Building Converted to Boutique Hotel

The historic Jackson Building on Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis was converted to a Nordic-influenced, luxury hotel that is authentically Minnesotan. The brick and timber building was a former farm equipment showroom and warehouse built in 1897. The century-old building has taken on a new persona and is now known as Hewing Hotel. The term “hewing” pays homage to the Minneapolis logging industry and the giant pine beams that abound in the interior of the hotel. Hotel amenities include a chef-driven, Nordic-inspired restaurant, ballroom, boardroom, 24-hour fitness center, yoga studio, and rooftop social club that will remain open year-round – a rare find in Minnesota considering the frigid winter weather. The rooftop space includes a bar, lounge, sauna, and pool/spa.

Many historical design remnants remain in the five-story, 124-room hotel including exposed timber and brick, tall ceilings, and original industrial elements. The original character of the building was combined with locally-inspired interior finishes, decorative accents, and artwork. Due to the age of the building, the entire electrical system needed a major overhaul. LED lighting and modern control systems were integrated into the historic framework to achieve high energy efficiency while maintaining and accentuating original features. Upgrades included the installation of new electrical switchgear and riser to update antiquated distribution systems and a completely new life-safety system to bring the building to NEC code high-rise standards.

Hewing Hotel renewed and reenergized the iconic Jackson Building, preserving the historical integrity of the building while bringing new life to the North Loop of Minneapolis.

Project Details

  • Project | Hewing Hotel
  • Location | Minneapolis, MN
  • General Contractor | Greiner Construction
  • Architect | ESG Architects
  • Completion | November 2016


  • Top Projects of 2016 | Finance & Commerce
  • 2017 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award | AIA Minnesota