Twin Cities Public Television opened its newly remodeled headquarters in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a visit from a life-size Daniel Tiger, star of the PBS children’s series “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” and a new name. 

The $18 million project forced many of its employees to work from temporary office space for several months. The building had not been updated since its opening 25 years ago. The building also lacked an inviting entrance space and connection to its revitalized neighborhood.

To fix that, a new public entrance was built on the building’s 4th Street side from what used to be a storage area. The entrance has also become a performance space that will be used for some TV broadcasts, such as “The Lowertown Line,” as well as live events for neighboring workers in downtown St. Paul.

The station, now known as Twin Cities PBS, also unveiled an updated logo. The TPT letters remain, though in a slightly different style and with its v-shaped accent woven more tightly into the lettering and the name Twin Cities PBS placed on the side.

The station also said it will unveil a redesigned website early next year.

Staff reports