With 10 Minneapolis skyscrapers at least 492 feet high today, it is easy to forget that the Foshay Tower at 448 feet was the tallest building in Minneapolis for over 40 years… from 1929 to 1972, when the IDS Tower was built. Considered one of the most spectacular Art Deco skyscrapers, its beauty ranks in the company of the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building which was built just two years after the Foshay Tower.
The Foshay Tower and the Empire State Building are the two tallest concrete skyscrapers in the US, both with iconic observation decks that evoke feelings of romance.
Today it is easy to forget about this dwarfed iconic skyscraper and its observation deck, but it’s worth a visit. I actually love being below the ‘skyscraper line’… it provides such interesting and unique views of the city landscape.
If you haven’t been to the top of the Foshay Tower yet, put it on your list of things to do! Also spend some time in the small museum that tells the story of its interesting history, opening just a few months before the stock market crash.
In 2008 The Foshay Tower was renovated as a W Hotel at 821 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55402. Stop at the reception desk for tickets to the observation deck and museum. Online information said it is closed Tuesday and Wednesday but we visited on Wednesday with no problem.