281 5th St. E.

The Crane Ordway
Tours hourly on the half hour. Completed in 1904, this building was constructed as a warehouse for the Crane and Ordway Company, who at the time was the largest manufacturer of pipes, valves and steam supplies in the world. Today, the Crane Ordway is a housing complex serving people at 60% of the area median income. Elements of the original warehouse are preserved to keep its historical properties alive. From the beautiful exposed brick to the impressive long-standing pillars, Crane Ordway’s historical features lend a charming look to the apartment building. The mosaic artwork shown in the building lobby was created from the original bathroom tiling of the Crane warehouse. Since 1986, Aeon has been a nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable housing in the Twin Cities.