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Architecture of Minnesota

23 November 2009

1942 – Westin Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Architect: McEnary & Krafft Former bank and office accommodation (Farmer’s and Mechanic’s Savings Bank of Minneapolis) converted into an hotel. The banking hall exterior features some bold relief sculpture and crisply incised lettering....

20 November 2009

1964 – ING ReliaStar Building, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Architect: Minoru Yamasaki ING Reliastar Building, Formerly Northwestern National Life Insurance Building. What’s now known as the ING Reliastar Building dates from 1964, and was the design of architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986). A...

04 November 2010

1968 – Ecolab Corporate Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

Architect: Hammel Green & Abrahamson This is the purest example of an International Style building in Saint Paul. The clean, simple lines of the stainless steel and black granite were chosen to promote...

01 June 2010

1972 – IDS Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Architect: Johnson/Burgee Architects The IDS Center is the tallest building in the state of Minnesota at 792 feet. Overall, the structure rises to 910 feet when including communications spires on the roof, indisputably...

17 September 2009

1973 – Marquette Plaza, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Architect: Gunnar Birkerts Architects Designed much like a suspension bridge, most of the original floors are supported by two sets of catenary cables. Underground chambers were used for vault space, and an external...

01 June 2010

1988 – 5th Street Towers, Minneapolis

Architect: Helmuth, Obata, & Kassabaum Inc. The Fifth Street Towers is a complex of two building in Minneapolis. Fifth Street Towers II was completed in 1988 and is 504 ft tall and has...

19 November 2009

1988 – Wells Fargo Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Architects: Cesar Pelli & Associates The Wells Fargo Center, formerly known as Norwest Center, is the third-tallest building in Minneapolis. Completed in 1988, it is 773 feet tall. Designed in a modernized art...

19 November 2009

1992 – 225 South Sixth, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Architects: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners 225 South Sixth contains a landmark 56-story tower and the 20-story Park Building connected by a 75-foot-high wintergarden. The chief architect for 225 South Sixth was James...

04 November 2010

1992 – Minnesota History Centre, St. Paul, Minnesota

Architect: Hammel Green & Abrahamson The Minnesota History Center design was selected through a national competition. The winning design is an L-shaped configuration set into a hillsidel. On two sides, the building facade...


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