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The Globe Mills was built in several phases starting at the turn of the century, one of Sacramento’s most prominent industrial icons and the center for what was one of Sacramento’s most important economic engines.
  By 1960, owned by Pillsbury, the structure was declared surplus and closed.  Later sold to a  transmission repair operation, it was not long before it was completely abandoned and left to decay.  With a series of fires burning through the mills timber floors, it was finally declared hazardous by City Officials and slated for demolition. Michael F. Malinowski AIA teamed with two other preservationists in an effort to save this important structure; and that effort eventually won support at the City, State and even Nationally. When the Globe Mills historic adaptive reuse project finally started construction in 2003, Malinowski had been working on the site over a decade.Awarded numerous honors locally, state wide and nationally, both for innovative Historic work as well as it’s success in establishing a thriving residential community in Sacramento’s oldest historic neighborhood, long challenged with industrial uses and blight.  

 Documentary  News Tour

 Construction A GlobeStory


10/01/08- Globe Mills Sacramento    

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01/04/09- Globe Mills Sacramento    

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11/27/09- Globe Mills Sacramento    

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Here Tomorrow Preserving Architecture, Culture and California's Golden Dream
By J.K. Dineen
One of 50 Projects Showcased in Heyday Books

Sacramento's Historic Globe Mills is Reborn  Nov. 27, 2009   Michael F. Malinowski, AIA along with News 10's Jennifer Smith tour the Globe Mills.

APA/ULI Globe Tour  Apr. 29 2009   Michael F. Malinowski, AIA along with others lead tour of the Globe Mills.

NPR report.  Oct 10 2008                            Historic Sacramento Mill Renovated as New Housing                                                  

Sacramento Business Journal: Sept 2008 Globe Mills wins redevelopment Award                                                               

Comstock's Magazine: Dec 2008          1913 Globe Mills brought back to life.

 Sacramento Magazine: Dec 2008

A New Beginning for Historic Globe Mills  Winter 2009

LandLink Urban Land Institute Sacramento 

Quick Facts about THE GLOBE MILLS

2009 J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

Best Historic Rehabilitation in the United States incorporating New Construction

By the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association Nov 2009                                                                                      

The Globe Mills has been selected as a winner in this national Award competition, selected from a national field of hundreds of candidates from all over the United States.   It was also nominated as a finalist  for Best Historic Rehabilitation in the United States using Housing Tax Credits.  Applied Architecture Inc was a 2005 winner of the J Timothy Anderson Award for the innovative and widely recognized Hotel Stockton historic adaptive reuse. The award ceremony will occur on November 3rd  2009 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Local Government Commission selects Globe Mill as a Showcase Sustainable Project 2009                                                 

 The Globe Mills was selected in October 2009 by the Local Government Commission as a showcase project for the Sacramento Area Youth Sustainability Council. A presentation and tour of the site has been planned for November 11th which will highlight the project as a Sustainable, Smart Growth Transit Oriented Development with close proximity to the services needed for a thriving living environment. The Globe Mills will be cited as a key success story in a follow up presentation to Sacramento Regional elected officials by the Sacramento Area Youth Sustainability Council

Best Projects  of 2009 Award: Globe Mills    By McGraw Hill October 2009 

This award will be presented by McGraw Hill to Applied Architecture Inc and CFY Development at the Westin St Francis on December 8, 2009.  The Globe Mill project transformed an abandoned industrial complex into a thriving community with edgy lofts, affordable senior apartments and neighborhood commercial

2009 California Preservation Design Honor Award

Best Large Historic Project in California: Globe Mills  

By the California Preservation Foundation  September 2009                                                                                            

Presented to Michael F Malinowski AIA’s Applied Architecture Inc and Cyrus Youssefi’s CFY Development Inc in a ceremony at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental.  The award cited “Outstanding achievement in the field of Historic Preservation” for the success of the Globe Mill as a transit oriented, Smart Growth, Sustainably Green development project that saved a 100 year old iconic historic industrial complex in Sacramento’s oldest neighborhood as a thriving mix of market rate and affordable housing.

2009 Design Honor Award

By The American Institute of Architects Central Valley Chapter- May 2009  

Presented to Michael F Malinowski AIA and Applied Architecture Incorporated , honoring the Globe Mills Historic  Adaptive reuse as  ”A Significant work of Architecture”.  The Jury selected The Globe Mills from a large number of projects to receive this singular honor for its sustainability, historic sensitivity and significant contribution to the revitalization of Sacramento’s urban core

Transit Oriented Development of the Year   Sacramento Regional Transit   March 2009

Awarded to Michael F. Malinowski, AIA for the Globe Mills project, which "...effectively demonstrates how a TOD project can revitalize a neighborhood through smart growth principles and access to transit."


2008 Fall Award for Redevelopment Excellence

By National Association of Local Housing  Oct 2008

The Globe Mills project at 12th and C street in downtown Sacramento, which transformed a former grain storage and flour mill into a mixed-income residential development has been selected by the National Association of Local Housing Finance agencies to receive this award.



Transit Oriented Development – located directly on a major light rail line, with transportation choices including rail, bus, car, bicycle, walking and mini car /moped.

Energy Efficient and Green :The project exceeds energy conservation standards by over 20%, and incorporates such features as cool roofing, individual gas water heaters at each senior unit, and separated utilities to give tenants the information they need to monitor their energy use.

Smart Growth – infill development with a density of over 150 units per acre

Historic Adaptive Reuse – conversion of historic silos and milling buildings into new uses
Mixed Use – including affordable senior housing, market rate edgy lofts, and commercial

Brownfield – cleaning up a formerly abandoned industrial site for a new life

Urban Infill Redevelopment – a major boost and catalyst to the historic Alkali Flat neighborhood

Public – Private Partnership – bringing together the Redevelopment Agency, the State Tax Credit Allocation Committee and Federal Tax Credits, grants, loans, private equity, and private development resources.

Diversity in living environment – with both affordable senior and market rate lofts, and many project amenities that encourage development of an on-site community such as work out room, multipurpose recreation room with pool table and HD media, large laundry facility with gathering and food functions, and on site management.

Over a decade in the re-making- this is The Globe Mills........                                                                                                                    
  A thriving place of industry, livelihood and utility became, with the passage of time, a broken scene of hazard, decay and blight. When the last Pillsbury worker locked the gates in 1965, there was no future envisioned here. Picturesque in its resolute resistance to just rotting away, attacked by a series of fires, vandalism and finally a city order to demolish, the Globe has persisted - as if the place itself, the memories, the dreams of lives played out here over  100 years, refuse to let go. A city block of concrete five story silos, a burned out milling plant, and the toxic remnants of a former transmission repair shop -- transform that into

Affordable senior housing, hip market rate rental lofts,  neighborhood commercial, a mixed use neighborhood  and a major boost to revitalization of Alkali Flats

Click on the thumbnail pictures  to find out more about THE GLOBE MILLS

Saving The Globe Mills

In 1913 Phoenix Mills bought an existing Mill at 12th and C and hired architect J.P. Herald to design a new................

Silos at  The Globe Mills

How many silos are there in the Globe Mills project???               Learn more about the  silos..............................

Globe Mills Timeline

From 1903 when 12th and C was acquired Phoenix Mills to the Grand opening almost 100 years later...............

The Phoenix Flour Mill Buildings

In 1913 Phoenix Mill bought a mill site at 12th and C to create a design for "The Most Modern milling facility.....

Barley Mill

The story of the Barley Mill which was a part of the Globe Mills complex was lost in Decay.....................

Machinery at  The Globe Mills

One Big machine: The Globe Mills entire site with its twelve buildings on half a city block........

Visual poetry of The Globe Mills

Discover the history of The globe Mills  from first construction to fire, damage and reborn.....


New Buildings at The Globe Mills NB'S

Creation of the affordable senior components in two new components.....

Windows for the Globe Mills Loft

There are over 150 windows only in the Mill Loft units and almost every window condition is unique ....


Architectural Drawings

Architectural rendering on the Globe Mills project..............

Saving the Water Tower

The Globe Mills water tank has been an icon from its construction in 1914. Perched on a concrete platform...........

A tribute to the Globe Mills Team

The revitalization of the Globe Mills is the result of the hard work, collaboration, creativity...




Historic Images


Pre Construction


 During Construction


 Grand Opening Celebration



-       Sacramento  Old City Association - President

-      Old Housing Consulting, Sacramento

-      City of Sacramento Preservation Commission

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