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Northrop reopens to public after nearly 3 weeks of repairs

The building’s damage has been redesignated as a parapet wall failure.
Image by Dean Tan
The front of the Northrop Mall on Nov. 1, 2022.

Northrop reopened to the public Monday after closing on Jan. 11 for repairs after a parapet wall failure

The building is now partially open to the public, with certain areas to remain closed indefinitely due to further construction, and the Bistro on the first floor reopened Tuesday. The University of Minnesota originally announced a partial roof collapse caused the closure, and Northrop’s blog announcing the reopening attributed the damage to a parapet wall failure. 

As of Monday, currently scheduled events at Northrop will be held as planned, according to the blog statement. One of the next scheduled events is an organ repertoire class on Feb. 6. Dates for rescheduled Joffrey Ballet performances during the almost three-week period Northrop was closed will be announced soon, according to the blog.

The east entrance of the building and the east box office windows remain closed, except during events. Otherwise, box office service will move to the west side entrance. Both the Northrop and Church Street parking garages are open, but Lilly Plaza, located above the parking garage, will remain closed to traffic.

Sections of stairwells and other parts of the building are roped off because of continued construction. Signs are posted to guide visitors to accessible routes, the blog said.

Northrop was built in 1929, underwent renovations that were completed in 2014 and is considered “the heart” of the University’s East Bank campus and a state historic landmark, according to Northrop’s website. The building serves primarily as a space for performances, including dance, concerts, academic ceremonies and performing arts, while also including study spaces, administrative offices and more. 

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