Derived from the trade of carpentry, original millwrights were specialized carpenters who were not only trained as a carpenter but also had working knowledge of gear ratios, driveshaft speeds, and other equations. They erected machines used in agriculture, food processing and processing lumber and paper.
From the Minnesota Historical Society: “In the early 1900s, the Minneapolis milling industry brought a skilled, energetic, educated, and dependable work force, including such highly trained workers as machinists and millwrights, and of a cadre of entrepreneurs committed to making Minneapolis a good place to make a living, to be sure, but also a good place to live.”
The Millwright Building is located in the Downtown East neighborhood, which has had a key role in the growth and evolution of the city of Minneapolis. At the turn of the 19th century, many of the mill workers lived in Downtown East, a short walk to the nearby Mill District. The Millwright Building name and the modern yet classic design honor the City’s history while contributing to the renewed energy and vitality stimulated by the Downtown East development.