Minneapolis Skyline

Buildings & Architecture / Monday, September 23rd, 2013

sky (a little history from wiki)  Minneapolis, the largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota, is home to 245 completed high-rises, 34 of which stand taller than 300 feet (91 m). The tallest building in Minneapolis is the 57-story IDS Tower, which rises 792 feet (241 m) and was designed by architect Philip Johnson. The tower has been the tallest building in the state of Minnesota since its completion in 1973, and it also stands as the 47th-tallest building in the United States.

The second-tallest skyscraper in the city and the state is Capella Tower, which rises 775 feet (236 m) and was completed in 1992. Overall, seventeen of the twenty tallest buildings in Minnesota are located in Minneapolis. Additionally, most of the tallest buildings in Downtown Minneapolis are linked via the Minneapolis Skyway System, the largest pedestrian skywalk system in the world.

y2The history of skyscrapers in the city began with the construction of the Lumber Exchange Building, now also known as the Edison Building, in 1886; this structure, rising 165 feet (50 m) and 12 floors, is often regarded as the first skyscraper in Minnesota and one of the first fire-proof buildings in the country.

The Lumber Exchange Building also stands as the oldest structure outside of New York City with at least 12 floors. Minneapolis went through a small building boom in the early 1920s, and then experienced a much larger boom lasting from 1960 to the early 1990s. During this time, 24 of the city’s 36 tallest buildings were constructed, including the IDS Tower, Capella Tower and Wells Fargo Center. The city is the site of ten skyscrapers at least 492 feet (150 m) in height, including three which rank among the tallest in the United States. As of 2013, the skyline of Minneapolis is ranked 16th in the United States and 66th in the world with 28 buildings rising at least 330 feet (100 m) in height.

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