Artist Paul Oxborough plans to rehabilitate the North Loop’s Luther Ford Building to become his home and studio.
The historically designated building at 414 3rd Ave. N. would house Oxborough’s one dwelling unit along with two levels of artist studios for him and other professionals under plans submitted to the Heritage Preservation Commission. The four-story building would also have an art gallery or other commercial space on the ground floor.
Plans call for rehabilitating or replacing windows, updating infrastructure and a new entryway. HPA Architecture is handling the project.
Oxborough and his wife Jenny would be the building’s sole residents. The two and Scott Helm of Helm Real Estate Holdings are currently in contract to purchase the building, according to the plans.
Oxborough, who studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, has had his paintings featured in the British and Scottish National Portrait Galleries and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
The project is slated for discussion at the HPC’s July 14 meeting.