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Week of June 7, 2010 – Minneapolis skyscrapers

IDS Tower… it is easy to spot this tallest building in Minneapolis on the left of this downtown photo… designed by architect Philip Johnson, its unique zigzag stepback floorplan allows for 32 corner offices on each of its 55 floors… it's hard to believe that before it was built in 1973 the 'little' Foshay Tower you see in front and to the right of it (shaped like the Washington Monument) was the tallest building in Minneapolis for 44 years!… it no longer has an observation deck or restaurant, but Windows on Minnesota, an event center managed by the Marquette Hotel, is on the 50th floor with spectacular views…

Capella Tower… a distinctive 'halo' defines the 2nd tallest building in Minneapolis, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the same firm that designed the glass pyramid in the Louvre courtyard in Paris… I still remember it as First Bank Tower from when it was built in 1992… after several name changes it became Capella Tower in 2009…

Wells Fargo Center… the 3rd tallest building in Minneapolis, originally the Norwest Tower when it was built in 1989… designed in the art deco style by Cesar Pelli, who also designed the Minneapolis Library… upper level is brilliantly lit at night, honored by the EPA as one of the 100 most energy efficient buildings in the US…

The Carlyle… Minnesota's tallest residential building and the tallest building in Minneapolis north of 4th Street… built in 2007 at 3rd Ave S & 2nd St, The Carlyle has 41 floors and some of the city's most luxurious condos with fabulous views… click here see what is currently for sale in The Carlyle (from $2,490,000 to $359,900 at the time of this post)

Campbell Mithun Tower… the tallest building in Minneapolis designed primarily by a locally-based architectural firm, the Campbell Mithun Tower was Piper Jaffray headquarters when it was built in 1985… designed by Hammel, Green & Abrahamson it is the 2nd-tallest glass curtain wall skyscraper & the 5th tallest building in the city… at 9th St S & 3rd Ave


Foshay Tower… I think of the Foshay Tower as the Empire State Building of Minneapolis, the 2 tallest concrete skyscrapers built just 2 years apart, and both historic icons of their cities… Foshay Tower was the tallest building in Minneapolis from 1929 to 1972, now 16th tallest… became a W hotel in 2008, it has the only public observation deck in the city



About Sharlene Hensrud

I love what I do! Highly insightful, analytical and creative, there is nothing I love more than helping you find the right solution for your real estate transition. My mission is to serve my clients with honesty and integrity, exceeding their expectations in service and support… and to help others by donating a portion of every transaction to Habitat for Humanity.

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