Black Building

Fargo, North Dakota

While the 1931 Black Building once made its mark as the tallest building in North Dakota, today it’s making a triumphant comeback to Fargo’s skyline. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Building has undergone dozens of renovations, fit-ups, and changes to accommodate small businesses in downtown, but nothing can compare to its latest. Thanks to a three-phase, eight-story renovation with Kilbourne Group and JLG Architects, the Black Building will have its historic prestige restored. Within the preservation of its original terrazzo and iconic mezzanine, the team focused on upgrades to floors two through eight, working around existing tenants. The team addressed ADA compliancy, mechanical, and electrical system upgrades to increase the building’s efficiency while lowering operational costs. In the restoration of the exterior, the team removed 85 years of grime, re-roofed the building, installed new windows, and new signature signage. Future phases will provide updates to the basement, main floor, and mezzanine floors, emphasizing historical details and modern amenities. The new Black brings a modern fusion of art deco design that narrates its vibrant 90-year tale, while holding the door for the next generation of downtown dreamers and entrepreneurs.

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"JLG Architects provided thoughtful and quality design, met the project schedule, and established budgets that proved to be accurate."
– Kilbourne Group