• Image of North Star Blankets Sign
  • Image of North Star Blankets Sign

The North Star Woolen Mill is a building in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The building, located in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District, was originally a textile mill for the North Star Woolen Company. The mill was built in 1864 by W.W. Eastman and Paris Gibson on the west side of the west side canal. High quality wool blankets, scarves, flannels, and yarns were manufactured at the facility and it became the nation's largest manufacturer of wool blankets by 1925.

Entrepreneurs in the early days of Minneapolis had high hopes for developing a textile industry at the falls, similar to that of Lowell, Massachusetts. However, the industry never had as much success as hoped for, mainly because Minneapolis was a long distance from eastern markets and shipping centers. The North Star Woolen Mill was an exception, and it remained a significant industry in Minneapolis until the 1940s.

In 1949 the North Star Woolen Company moved its operations to Lima, Ohio. The building sat empty for almost fifty years until it was re-developed in 1998-99 into lofts. The building maintains its existing exterior including a sign reading "North Star Blankets".

Custom or alternate sizes may be available upon request.

Standard "paper" prints are professionally printed and come with bright white acid-free matting. 5x7 prints are matted for an 8x10 frame, 8x10 prints are matted for an 11x14 frame, and 11x14 prints are matted for 16x20 frame. (All are common, easy to find frame sizes).

Gallery-wrapped canvas prints look great framed or unframed and lend to a more "painting like" appearance to the photo. These prints are produced right here in Minnesota and are of extremely high quality. They include a hanging wire and felt pads on the back and are ready to hang.

Metal prints are printed on a sturdy sheet of aluminum and are extremely high-quality pieces. They are ready to hang with attached brackets and appear to "float" 3/4" off the wall. They look absolutely beautiful. The vivid colors really pop on the metal background and provide a great "wow" factor. Metal prints may require an additional 3-5 days depending on availability and stock. If you've been to one of my shows, you've seen how vibrant these metal prints really are.

Watermark will not be present in printed image.

For Reference: Top Image is cropped as 8x10 (or 16x20), Second Image is 5x7