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Livin’ Life in the 505

This Newly Renovated Condo inside Fargo’s Historical Ford Building Could Be Yours.

When finding a place to call home, you may not think of a Ford Motor Company assembly plant. But that’s exactly what Downtown Fargo’s Historic Ford Building was nearly a century ago. Today, the building is home to some of the most industrially beautiful lofts available in the region. Homeowner Lisa Gagliardi partnered with Melanie Iverson of Mosaic Design to renovate her loft and get it ready for the market and new inhabitants.

Take a walk with us through the unique space—you have to see it to believe it.

History of the Historical Ford Building

The building, designed by Seattle-based architect John Graham in Chicago School style, was first completed in 1915 and functioned as a Ford assembly plant. Operations later moved to Minneapolis in the 1950s and the building has been used for a wide variety of retail and business purposes since. In 2006, the building was renovated by Muchler Bartram Architects to have condos on the third floor. Graham designed 31 other similar assembly plants across the nation for Ford, many of which have been renovated into notable places, including the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH. Many of the other assembly plants across the nation were also renovated into apartments and condos. The renovated condo in this story is one of them.

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Originally, this condo was two separate lofts, but the previous owners purchased the two separate lofts and combined them, making one massive loft in the historic building. One notable feature about this space is that most lofts downtown don’t have three separate bedrooms—this one does and would be perfect for medical professionals who work downtown, a family who embraces the historic nature of the building and loves downtown Fargo, or even someone who cherishes the historic beauty of a classic gem. Between spacious rooms and an unbeatable view of North Dakota’s most photographed subject, the Fargo Theatre, it doesn’t get any better than this.

This double loft has two separate balconies; one off the owner’s suite and one off the kitchen, both providing great views.

The owner’s suite boasts a sitting room that can be closed off with the sliding glass doors—that could double as an office—a three-sided gas fireplace, a wet bar with Cambria countertops and a wine fridge, the south-facing balcony and heated floors all throughout. Additionally, the owner’s suite has a walk-in closet with a quartz countertop island and additional floor-to-ceiling storage.

The entire condo boasts over 2,700 square feet.

The owner’s suite bathroom has heated floors with a massive soaking tub, steam shower and heated drawers that house warmed towels for those chilly midwestern winters. Each bedroom has the original brick and beautifully maintained hardwood floors.

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The laundry room closet connects to additional floor-to-ceiling storage, accessible by a ladder on rails, as well as connects to both main bathrooms.

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Guest bathroom A has an under-mounted round stainless sink with a wall-mounted faucet which makes it feel like you’re staying in a hotel. The shower is nothing to sneeze at, as it comes complete with multiple wall jets and feels like another steam shower. Guest bathroom B has a beautiful vessel sink with more quartz countertops and wall-mounted fixtures with a vessel soaking tub and shower.

The 12-foot ceilings make the overall space feel larger than life.

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The living room and kitchen feel like you’re living in one of the open floor plans from shows like New Girl, Friends or Bourne Identity, with massive arched windows, cement pillars, original brick and even some shiplap, with a nod to more recent design.

The 12-foot ceilings make the overall space feel larger than life.

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The kitchen has commercial-grade appliances, a wine fridge, Wolf Range stove/oven, granite countertops, undercabinet lighting and floor to ceiling mother of pearl mosaic tile.

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See the full listing by visiting and search 505 Broadway Dr N Units 306 & 307, Fargo, ND

Written by Josiah Kopp

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