33 South Sixth

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33 South Sixth
33 South Sixth Minneapolis 1.jpg
Former names International Multifoods Tower
General information
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Address 33 South Sixth Street
Coordinates 44°58′41″N 93°16′22″W / 44.97806°N 93.27278°W / 44.97806; -93.27278Coordinates: 44°58′41″N 93°16′22″W / 44.97806°N 93.27278°W / 44.97806; -93.27278
Construction started 1979; 35 years ago (1979)
Completed 1983; 31 years ago (1983)
Height 668 ft (204 m)
Technical details
Floor count 50
Floor area 1,170,000 sq ft (109,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

33 South Sixth, formerly known as International Multifoods Tower, is a skyscraper in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and stands 52 stories tall at 668 ft (204 m). Its name comes from its address: 33 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis. It was completed in 1983[1] as headquarters for International Multifoods Corporation which occupied the structure until 1997 when it moved to suburban Wayzata. Although the corporate offices relocated, the name remained until 2003 under the terms of its lease.[2]


33 South Sixth Street is a 52-story office building located in the heart of Minneapolis's 64-square block skyway system. Construction on the building began in 1981 and it opened in 1983 as one of the tallest buildings in Minneapolis. Current tenants include Target Corporation, and law firms Meagher & Geer, and Stoel Rives. The typical floors are 24,700 sq ft (2,290 m2) for a total of 1,170,000 sq ft (109,000 m2) of office space and 489,000 sq ft (45,400 m2) in the retail mall.[3]

The attached Minneapolis City Center consists of a retail mall, renovated in 2005, with six skyway connections, the Minneapolis Marriott at City Center, a 583-room full-service hotel, and a 687-stall parking garage office tower tenant and retail patrons.

The exterior of the building is faced with precast concrete panels tinted light brown. The east and west facades consist of four wide bays, divided by pilasters which extend to become the spandrel panels. Each wide bay is further divided into three smaller bays with a square window. The north and south facades consist of seven bays with only the first and last being divided. The five central bays are wider with dark-tinted glass set into dark frames. The precast panels extend to cover the retail pod which does little to make the structure more visually appealing, and might even do it a disservice by making it appear more bulky than it really is. Architecture critic Larry Millett calls it a "big architectural oaf" and adds that the precast concrete panel cladding is "designed, quite successfully, to achieve maximum unattractiveness."[4]

The design of the tower is very similar to One HSBC Center in Buffalo.

Additional facts[edit]

  • The exterior facade continues into the City Center atrium, and lower level offices on the building's south side directly overlook the shopping center.
  • The former Multifoods Tower is located in the heart of Minneapolis's 64-square block skyway system.
  • 33 South Sixth is the tallest building in Minneapolis west of Nicollet Mall.
  • Former tenants include the now-defunct law firm of Rider Bennett.
  • It was built on the site formerly occupied by the Hotel Dyckman.
  • The building has a view of Target Field.
  • In November of 2012, the building was acquired by the Shorenstein Company from Brookfield Office Properties for a reported $205.5 million.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "33 South Sixth". Emporis. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  2. ^ Richard, Diane (27 July 1997). "What do we call the tower now?". Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  3. ^ "33 South Sixth: Property Description". Shorenstein Company. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  4. ^ Millett, Larry (2007). AIA Guide to the Twin Cities. p. 26. ISBN 0-87351-540-4.