Dayton’s Building Added to National Register of Historic Places
The historic Dayton's department store building in downtown Minneapolis. Photo courtesy of The Dayton's Project

Dayton’s Building Added to National Register of Historic Places

Developers of the Dayton's Project sought the designation, which makes the retail/office project eligible for federal tax credits.

The former Dayton’s department store in downtown Minneapolis now has an official place in national history to match its place in the hearts of Minnesotans. The building at 700 Nicollet Mall has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Developers of the Dayton’s Project, a mixed use office, retail, and dining concept slated to open in Spring of 2020, applied for the historic designation of the landmark building, which served as a flagship for Dayton’s, and then Marshall Field’s and Macy’s department stores, for more than 100 years.

More than 95,000 properties nationwide are listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service. The designation makes the Dayton’s Project eligible for federal tax credits and grant programs.

“The Dayton’s building has been central to Minnesota’s economy and culture for generations and we are committed to preserving this legacy,” Brian Whiting, president of Telos Group, LLC. said in a statement. Telos is developing the Dayton’s Project with 601w Companies. “We’re proud to receive this historic designation and look forward to unveiling The Dayton’s Project as a renewed center of culture and entertainment to a whole new generation of Minnesotans.”

Rendering of the Dayton's Project
Rendering of The Dayton’s Project, slated to open next year.

The Dayton’s Project will feature a 45,000-square-foot food hall and market curated by Minneapolis-based chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern with Robert Montwaid of Gansevoort in New York. Blueprints call for retail shops on the street and skyway levels and a restaurant in the former JB Hudson space, but no tenants have been announced. Same goes for the upper level offices, which will include exclusive amenities such as a rooftop terrace, private lounge and fitness center.

Construction on the 12-story, 1.2 million square foot building began in 2017. It was originaly slated to open this year. Developers have said the historic designation process was a factor in the delay.