Saint Paul, Minnesota

Minnesota State Fair West End Market

The Minnesota State Fair’s largest project since the Works Progress Administration era.

As one of the country’s most prolific state fairs, any work done on “The Great Minnesota Get-Together” requires careful sensitivity to the nostalgic and enduring characteristics embraced by generations of loyal patrons. The new West End Market pays close attention to these traditions, injecting life into the fair’s former Heritage Square. The result is a renewed, truly Minnesotan space.

Highlights include the History & Heritage Center (the first ever fully air-conditioned public building on the grounds); the restoration and reuse of a historic street car arch at the fair’s west entry; vendor pavilions; LuLu’s Public House, the only restaurant at the fair with a second-level patio; the striking Blue Barn food venue; the Hugh & Margaret Schilling Amphitheater that provides a full schedule of daily performances; a new bus area that manages tens of thousands of daily visitors.

The History and Heritage Center showcases the rich stories of the Minnesota State Fair’s 164-plus years of existence in an expressive, contemporary structure at the heart of the West End Market. Its 5,600 square feet are situated between the primary shuttle entrance to the fairgrounds and the center of the bustling market neighborhood.

Client: Minnesota State Fair

Studio: Grow, Play

Market: Civic, Fairs & Expositions

Size: 215,300 Square Feet

Scope: New Construction

Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning

Delivery Method: Negotiated Contract

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Integration of a renewed and truly Minnesota experience began with the revitalization of the former Heritage Square.