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August 31, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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From Groundbreaking to Cloudbreaking of Block 9

November 16, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Here's a short video that shows some of my images that I've created of the Block 9 project here in Downtown Fargo. The ground breaking was around fall of 2018 and here we are in 2020 and the building will soon be open to the public for skating out front and businesses inside. congrats to those that had a hand in creating this from a parking lot to an 18 multi-use building for Downtown Fargo.

Groundbreaking to Cloudbreaking: Block 9A few of my images that I've created of the Block 9 building in Downtown Fargo, ND


1958 Midcentury Prarie Style home built by granddaughter to famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright

June 23, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Front exterior of the Stern home. (National Register of Historic Places)Dan Francis Photography
I tend to do a few personal projects from time to time: no clients, no time limit. Just an idea that I get and my own passion to follow through on the project – and it has been that way ever since my Fargo: Past/Present series.

I went through my projects that I’ve created over the last 11 years. Most of them involved people and their stories, so I thought I’d do a personal project that is closer to home, so to speak, that involves something I do everyday: Architecture Photography. But this project was special. I hope my images can draw more attention to what can happen in the future.

Prariestyle look is a style that really stands out to this day.Dan Francis Fargo

Last year, I was leaving an architecture event hosted by the Plains Art Museum and I drove past a home. I had not driven this way before, so while I drove down the street, I slowed down my car to get a better look. (According to the homeowners, this happens frequently!) Interest, right? Once you see it, it just has the power to draw you in.
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I later realized it was a historical home on the National Register because the home’s architect was a 3rd generation architect named Elizabeth Wright Ingraham – or, the granddaughter of the famous architect, Frank Lloyd wright, daughter to another famous architect John Wright. You may known him better as the creator of Lincoln Logs. The home was built in 1958; Frank Lloyd Wright passed away in 1959, making this one of the last projects he saw finished. I love discovering the rich history of my projects; just like the Fargo series.

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The house is under threat for being torn down due to the Fargo Flood wall project. This time next year, the home may no longer be here. What a shame and loss for Fargo as we watch another historical structure being torn down. John, the homeowner, would love to see it saved for Fargo’s future. While I was shooting, John mentioned the potential for NDSU architect students can study the house to further their education and knowledge or even to serve as a muse for artists like myself. After living there for 36 years, this isn’t just a house to him; it’s a home.

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Notes about Elizabeth:

-She was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2014.

-She was a draftswomen for the United State Navy in World War II.

-She decided to pursue a career in architecture at age 14.

-She passed away, just like Frank Lloyd Wright, at the age of 91.

https://www.kvrr.com/2017/01/04/fargo-homeowner-fights-to-save-his-historic-home/

A word from the homeowner John Stern: 

"Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Mid-Century Modern house in South Fargo was designed by the granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous architect.  It is the only remaining home in Fargo Moorhead of the three she and her husband designed.  It has many of the characteristics of a Wright design: flat roofs, clerestory windows, horizontal lines, built-in cabinetry, natural materials, connection with the outside.  Living in the home is like living in a work of art that changes with the seasons and the time of day.  Unfortunately, it is on a buy-out list to make room for a flood levee, although there is a possibility it will be saved."


My first 10 years photographing for the Kilbourne Group in Fargo, ND

July 16, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Welcome!
Here is a collection of buildings I have photographed for Kilbourne Group from 2009 to 2019. Personally, for me and for Kilbourne Group, it is to share the beauty of downtown Fargo to the world. Enjoy!

1. Kilbourne Group purchased the St. Mark's Lutheran Church building in 2013, which later transformed into the Sanctuary Events Center through a historic renovation. In the summer of 2016, Sanctuary Events Center opened their doors.
670 4th Ave. N. Fargo, ND 58102
More about this space: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/st-marks/

St. Mark's Lutheran Church in downtown Fargo in 2014Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Photo by: Dan Francis PhotographySanctuary events Center 2018Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

Sanctuary events Center (before)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

Sanctuary Events Center 2016Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

Construction of St. Mark's into Sanctuary Events CenterPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Sanctuary Events Center in Downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography St. Mark's Lutheran Church in downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Sanctuary Events Center in downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Sanctuary Events Center in Downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography St. Mark's Lutheran Church in downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography St. Mark's Lutheran Church in downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Sanctuary events Center in Downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

  St. Mark's Lutheran Church south entrancePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Sanctuary Events Center south side entrance. (after)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography
2. Surface parking lot transformed into 300 Broadway mixed-use infill development, which includes multiple condos and ground floor business. 300 Broadway was my first big job with Kilbourne Group in the summer of 2009. (below: a picture I took in 2006-ish?)
More about 300 Broadway: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/300-broadway-building/

300 block of Broadway in Downtown Fargo. (2006)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography 300 block of Downtown Fargo (2019)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography NDSU Game Day celebration at 300 Broadway in Downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Car show on BroadwayPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

 3. Woodrow Wilson High School historic renovation to Woodrow Apartments. more info at: woodrow-apartments

Woodrow Wilson past and presentPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Above: my Past and Present work done to show the past of the former Woodrow school and today's apartments
Below: The windows were all replaced and finished all around Woodrow as seen below.

Woodrow Apartments in downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

New windows for Woodrow Apartments in downtown FargoPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Woodrow newPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Resident Courtyard at Woodrow Apartments

Woodrow Apartments courtyardPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Woodrow ApartmentsPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Woodrow ApartmentsPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

4. Former Mathison's printing building transformed through adaptive re-use. Now home to Prairie Roots Food Co-op.   More info at: 1213-np-avenue/ Mathison's Printing (before)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Prairie Roots Food Co-op (After)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Front of Prairie Roots Food Co-opPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Before and AfterPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Inside of Mathison's and inside of Prairie RootsPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Inside of Mathison's emptyPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Inside of Prairie Roots Co-op 2018Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Inside of Prairie Roots Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Backside of Prairie Roots Office spacePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

(above) North side office entrance of 1213 NP
(Below) Early stages of historic renovation of Wild Terra taking shape from the Stable. This original stable was constructed by Haggart Construction Co in the early 1900s. It has been vacant since 2015, and was previously used by Mathison’s Printing for cold storage.
More info at: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/stable/

Early stages of Wild Terra constructionPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Cold Storage for Mathison's Printing (soon to be Wild Terra)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

WILD TERRA CiderPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Cold Storage for Mathison'sPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography WILD TERRA CiderPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography WILD TERRA Cider exteriorPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

5. The Black Building historic renovation. The sign of the same design and red color from the past was installed on May 1, 2019.

More info on the building here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/the-black-building/

Black Building 2017 in downtown Fargo, NDPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Black Building 2019 in downtown Fargo, NDPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Black sign going up!Photo by: Anders Johnson

Black Building in 2019 at twilight Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

6. "Prior to the Loretta Building’s historic renovation, the building was underutilized. Renovations introduced contemporary amenities, a rooftop patio and inspiring modern materials such as raw steel, zinc shakes and glass. The materials, old and new alike, are thoughtfully connected within the building's interior space." –-Kilbourne Group website Learn more: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/loretta-building/

Loretta construction interior above Kilbourne Group offices below

Loretta interior above Kilbourne Group offices belowPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Loretta at twilightPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography
Rooftop addition of Loretta: Elevate
Elevate on 4th floor LorettaPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Basement of Loretta: The Boiler Room restaurant early construction below the Loretta building.

Early image of Boiler RoomPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Before image of Boiler RoomPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography After image of Boiler roomPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Before image of Boiler RoomPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography After image of Boiler RoomPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Before image of outside seating of Boiler RoomPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Exterior of Boiler Room and Roberts AlleyPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

7. "Kilbourne Group worked diligently to preserve and maintain the integrity of many of the building’s historical features, including a pressed metal ceiling, large windows, corbelled brick, simplistic stone trim, an oak-encased office, exposed wood joists and beams, wood flooring and masonry exterior walls. In short, you’ll enjoy a living experience that melds historic charm with urban amenities.

In May of 2009, Kilbourne Group was recognized by the Fargo-Moorhead Heritage Society, an architectural preservation organization, with an Adaptive Reuse Award for its efforts in renovating and creating The Lofts on Roberts." - Kilbourne website

Exterior of Lofts on Roberts.Photo by Kilbourne Group Exterior of Lofts on Roberts.Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

8. "Storefront renovation of Lowman-Hadeland Block. Recent storefront renovations have given new life to the buildings, while maintaining their historic character unique to downtown Fargo. Spaces are currently occupied by retailers Unglued, Boots & Heels, Stabo Scandinavian Imports, Insomnia Cookies. and Drunken Noodle, and Slurp." - Kilbourne website

Exterior Lowman-Hadeland Block (before)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Lowman-Hadeland Block (after) 2017Photo by: Dan Francis Photography 2019 exteriorPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

9. The Gibb building historic renovation into the Exchange Building.
More info here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/exchange-building/

Exterior Gibb Building (before)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography Exchange Building (After)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

Exchange building (after)Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

  10. Dakotah Block (The first image shows the former Metro Drug, vacant) The second image shows the post renovation of the Dakotah Block, which is now home to Black Coffee and Waffle Bar, Wasabi, Poke Bowl, and Silver Lining Creamery. The Dakotah Block is a commercial building located at the heart of downtown Fargo at the intersection of Broadway and 2nd Avenue North. More info here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/dakotah-block/

Before image of exteriorPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography After exterior imagePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Exterior of former Metro DrugPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Silver Lining Ice Cream exteriorPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

11. "The former Goodyear Schumacher building was transformed into the Broadway Garage through a temporary space activation. With the help of several local organizations, the site came alive in the summer of 2016 with craft beer, a food truck, a farmer’s market, local theater groups and live music. Uncorked, Revland Gallery, the Red River Market, Frostival, and the Night Bazaar have all activated this space while plans for redevelopment of the Mercantile site are underway." -Kilbourne Website
More info here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/mercantile-block/

Goodyear BuildingPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Broadway GaragePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

What it currently looks like before demo of a new commercial/residential building.Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

 

Red River MarketPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Night Bazaar at Broadway GaragePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Red River Market entertainmentPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Red River MarketPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

12. Historic renovation of the Loudon building located at 64 4th street. N. Fargo, ND
More info here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/loudon-building/

Loudon Building (before)

Above: 1976-2012: energy-saving effort led to its nearly 20 front windows being boarded up and insulated.
Loudon building under constructionPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

"By 2012, the Loudon building’s future looked uncertain.
Having seen historic photos of Loudon’s once lovely brick facade and abundant windows “envisioning it as a site from which future companies could continue serving the Fargo community,” Kilbourne Group saved the block-long building from bidders aiming to raze it to make way for more parking.
Loudon now boasts 22,000 square feet of light-filled space and shows excellent potential for an open, loft-style office space that showcases the structure’s original architectural materials." - Kilbourne website
Learn more: LoudonFargo.com

Loudon Building AfterPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

13. Located behind the Loudon building and in between N.P and first avenue.

   Red River Market behind Loudon BuildingPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

14. "Roberts Alley and Roberts Commons. What was once a surface parking lot is now a mixed-use infill development, known as Roberts Commons or (RoCo).
Phase I of RoCo kicked off in June 2016 with the construction of a seven-story parking garage, which was complete by June 2017. The parking garage provides 455 car parking stalls and 221 spaces for bicycle parking. Phase II was the construction of the Roberts Commons mixed-use building, which wraps the parking garage. Construction of Phase II began April 2017 and was completed in April 2018. RoCo offers 72 amenity apartments, ranging from studio to two-bedroom units. The ground floor of Roberts Commons added over 13,000 square feet of space for retail, food, and beverage concepts along Roberts Street, 2nd Avenue North, and Roberts Alley." - Kilbourne Group website.
More info here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/robertscommons/


(Above: 2 before photos by Kilbourne Group)

RoCo under constructionPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

 

Scoop N' DoughPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

Robert's AlleyPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography People Gathering in Robert's AlleyPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Parking Garage Grand OpeningPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Roberts AlleyPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Roberts CommonsPhoto by: Dan Francis Photography Roberts Commons GaragePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography

15. Block 9 Groundbreaking of the mixed-use infill development.

"From 1983 to 2018 it stood as a 48,000-square-foot surface-level parking lot. Block 9 is in the heart of downtown Fargo at the corner of Broadway and Second Avenue North. Beginning Fall of 2018, this empty slate will be transformed into a mid-rise, mixed-use tower that will add to a vibrant city core and change the skyline of downtown Fargo. The project includes headquarters for hundreds of team members of R.D. Offutt Company, ground floor retail, a boutique hotel, restaurant, and residential condominiums.

Block 9 also includes a programmed community plaza, over a half acre in size, which is anticipated to become a gathering and celebration space for the region. Plans include seasonal amenities such as a skating rink, splash pad, vendor spaces, and a band shell for live performances." - Kilbourne Website.
I can't wait to photograph it once finished!

More info here: https://kilbournegroup.com/properties/block-9/

Block 9 Groundbreaking of the mixed-use infill development.Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

"Lunchtop above Block 9""Lunchtop above Block 9"Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

Recreating the iconic NYC image into Fargo's own: "Lunch atop Block 9." I photographed this in the summer of 2019 while construction was going on at Block 9 in downtown Fargo.

Below: Halfway there
Block 9 going up.Photo by: Dan Francis Photography

Downtown Fargo as seen in July of 2018.

My HomePhoto by: Dan Francis Photography
Thank you for looking through the last 10 years of building transformational images that I have created for my city of Fargo!


1 of 1: Limited Edition

February 05, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

1 of 1

Photographer Introduces 1 of 1: A Concept That Brings Back the One-of-a-Kind Appeal of Fine-Art Photography

 

In this digital age, photography seems to have become everyone’s domain. Anybody with a smart phone is considered a photographer, and even professional, copyrighted photos might be shared hundreds of times via Facebook, Instagram and the Internet.

Now Fargo photographer Dan Francis is introducing “1 of 1,” a photo series that he hopes will bring back the unique appeal and special cache of fine-art photography.

“When you have a painting, it’s an original painting and that’s it,” Francis says. “You could repaint it, but it will never be exactly the same.” Prints can be made, but they are never as good or as valuable as the real thing. Likewise, the name of Francis’ project, “1 of 1,” plays off the concept of limited-edition printmaking or photography, in which prints are marked “1/50,” or “1 of 100.”

Francis plans to bring the same concept to a select portion of his own work. He will choose from his collection of unprinted fine-art images, print a photo using Hahnemühle Fine Art paper to the most exacting standards, then frame, matte, sign and number it, “1 of 1.” The image will then be permanently deleted from his computer. Anyone who purchases the photo will receive a certificate of authenticity that guarantees it has never been replicated and is the only existing image of its kind. In doing so, Francis hopes to preserve the artistry of certain handpicked images.

Francis says he was motivated to develop the “1 of 1” concept in an endeavor to push himself to create the best work possible. “There will be a select few images from my past work, but this endeavor will continue on throughout my life,” he says. “The goal is to think more conceptual photographs, print them on the finest paper available and then archive them. I still hold onto a favorite film photograph of my childhood, and it’s been with me for almost 30 years. It’s the only copy I have of that image. When you care about something and it’s one of a kind, you take care of it as best as possible.”

For Francis, the “1 of 1” concept is a way to preserve the quality and uniqueness of his chosen work. “It’s a way to bring a uniqueness back into photography again,” he says. “It’s just a way to choose the best of the best vs. just having a computer full of images you don’t print. It’s taking all those 0s and 1s and turning them into a real image.”

Born and raised in Fargo, N.D., Francis is a Certified Master Professional Photographer and college photography instructor. Francis has been honored as a Professional Photographers of America Silver-Level Photographer of the Year. His work appeared as the cover image for the B&W International magazine for fine art. In January of 2013 he was awarded the Highest Portrait Print honor of PPA as a Grand Image Award Nominee. Francis is also a five-time Kodak Gallery Award Winner for his fine-art images.

Dan Francis Photography (www.danfrancisphotography.com) is located in downtown Fargo, 10 8th Street, Suite 200.

“The prints are posterity, not the negatives.” - Brett Weston

Contact: Dan Francis, 701.238.7185

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