The Loretta Building
Architect's Challenge Best Commercial Winner 2015
Architect Name: Lee Dobrinz
Architecture Firm: JLG Architects
Location: Fargo, ND
“A crisp and sophisticated reuse of a handsome mercantile building. I appreciated the metamorphosis to a clean modern aesthetic while restoring and respecting the original structure.” – Jury member
Situated on Broadway Street in downtown Fargo, North Dakota, the Loretta Building was once an easily overlooked remnant of days gone by. Now, 100 years after its original construction, the building has become one of the downtown area’s most vibrant centers of commerce. By using new materials and some existing resources in the renovation, the designers were able to combine the character of yesterday with furnishings that suit modern tastes. Marvin products were helpful in this process. The windows recreated the original character with a more efficient design that improved air filtration, reduced heat loss, and increased energy savings. The Loretta Building has become a pillar of historic Broadway Street.