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This annual award recognizes excellent architectural and design enhancements that elevate the perceptions of the City Center.

Nominations may be made for renovation or new construction projects in a variety of budget categories.  Recognition criteria include:

With options at various budget levels, this category recognizes renovation projects.

New Construction
With recognition at various budget levels, this category awards new construction projects that enhance the visual appeal of the City Center.

Downtown Detail
This category is for projects that include improvements such as exterior signage, landscaping and beautification, public art and exterior furnishings.

This category recognizes projects that incorporate sustainable elements into new construction or renovations.

Preservation Stewardship
This category recognizes projects that work to celebrate and maintain the historic integrity of a property, building, or landscape. This can include proactive maintenance of a historic property, alterations sensitive to historic character and projects that celebrate a property’s history.

Creative Placemaking
This category recognizes a project (permanent or temporary) that integrates arts and culture to foster interaction among community members, spark vitality or create an environment conducive to creativity and social engagement.


Nominate a Project for an Award:

Anyone may nominate a project completed in the last 5 years for a CityDesign Award. The nominator should include information on the project and how it has enhanced the City Center, as well as photos demonstrating the project’s success. Please note that awards may not be given in all categories each year.

Nominate a project (nominations are due September 15, 2021).

Awards will be presented at Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame on November 9, 2021.


Eide Bailly Tower – New Construction over $5,000,000
Ridegly Building / Cultivate Mankato – Renovation $500,000 – $1M
LocAle – Renovation under $500,000
VetterStone Plaza – Downtown Detail
Mankato Playhouse – Creative Placemaking
129 N. 6th Street – Preservation Stewardship

Bumbelou – Renovation under $500,000
Carlson-Tillisch Eye Clinic – Renovation $1M – $3M
Hubbard Building – Sustainability
Stoltzman Park – Downtown Detail
ChalkFest – Creative Placemaking

Flask – Renovation under $500,000
Mankato Place Mall – Sustainability
Twin Rivers Council for the Arts – Common Grounds Parklet – Downtown Detail
The Hub Food Park – Creative Placemaking

Block 518, Tailwind Group – New Construction over $5,000,000
Bluebird Cakery – Renovation $500,000-$1,000,000
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Minnesota State University, Mankato – Renovation under $500,000
Boy in Blue Monument, Boy in Blue Civic War Memorial Project – Preservation Stewardship
Kites Mural, City of Mankato – Downtown Detail
Human Foosball, Greater Mankato United Way – Creative Placemaking

Ridley Tower, Tailwind Group – New Construction over $5,000,000
Verizon Wireless Center Grand Hall – New Construction over $5,000,000, Municipal
Bethlehem Lutheran Church – Renovation $1,000,000-$3,000,000
Shared Spaces, Mankato Area Foundation – Renovation $500,000-$1,000,000
WYSIWYG – Renovation under $500,000
Carnegie Art Center – Preservation Stewardship

Profinium Place, Tailwind Group and Mid Rise Holdings – New Construction over $5,000,000
Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota – Renovation over $3,000,000

Veteran’s Memorial Place, Local Veteran’s Committee, City of Mankato, City of North Mankato – New Construction under $2,000,000
VINE Faith in Action – Renovation over $3,000,000
South Front Street Reconstruction, City of Mankato and Front Street Property Owners – Renovation $1,000,000-$3,000,000
Public Safety Center, City of Mankato – Façade Improvements
Visit Mankato Offices – Renovation under $1,000,000
Y Barbers/Onatah on Belgrade – Innovative Interior Remodel
Pub 500 – Downtown Detail

Chopps Bar – Renovation

Brunton Architects – New Construction under $2,000,000
Tandem Bagels – Renovation under $1,000,000
City Center Place – Façade Improvements
Mom & Pop’s – Downtown Detail

The Marigold – New Construction under $2,000,000
US Bank Center – Renovation over $3,000,000
I&S Group Offices – Renovation under $1,000,000
327 N. Riverfront Drive – Façade Improvement
Neighbor’s Italian Bistro – Downtown Detail

Hilton Garden Inn – New Construction over $5,000,000
MinnStar Bank – New Construction $2,000,000-$5,000,000
The Graif Building – Renovation $1,000,000-$3,000,000
Number 4 American Bar & Kitchen – Renovation under $1,000,000
Two Rivers Place – Façade Improvements
The Pita Pit – Downtown Detail