List of tallest buildings in Minneapolis

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Skyline of Minneapolis

Minneapolis, the largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota, is home to 245 completed high-rises,[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

The 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,[5] is often regarded as the first skyscraper in Minnesota and one of the first fire-proof buildings in the country.[6] The Lumber Exchange Building also stands as the oldest structure outside of New York City with at least 12 floors.[7] 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.[8]

Minneapolis entered into another high-rise construction boom in 2000, and has since seen the completion of six buildings rising over 300 feet (91 m) tall. The latest, IVY Hotel + Residences, was completed in late 2008.[9] The tallest building under construction in the city is the 376-foot (115 m) 1368 LaSalle Avenue, which is expected to be complete by 2014.[10] Overall, as of February 2013, there were nine high-rise buildings under construction or proposed for construction in Minneapolis.[1]

Panorama of the Minneapolis skyline

Tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks Minneapolis skyscrapers that stand at least 300 feet (91 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.

31* The Falls and the Pinnacle 321 ft. (98) 26 1984 reference: emporis Technical Data Height (estimated) 321.08 ft Floors (above ground) 26 Construction end 1984

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Notes
1 IDS Tower IDS Center-Minneapolis-2005-09-27.jpg 792 (241) 57 1973
2 Capella Tower 225 South Sixth.jpg 775 (237) 56 1992
3 Wells Fargo Center Wells Fargo Center from Foshay.jpg 774 (236) 57 1988
  • 59th-tallest in the United States
  • Tallest building constructed in Minneapolis in the 1980s
  • Originally known as the Norwest Center[13][14]
4 33 South Sixth 33 South Sixth Minneapolis 1.jpg 668 (204) 52 1982
5 Campbell Mithun Tower Campbell Mithun Tower 1.jpg 579 (177) 42 1985
6 US Bank Plaza I US Bank Plaza 1 Minneapolis 1.jpg 561 (171) 40 1981 [19][20]
  • Originally known as Pillsbury Center
7 RBC Plaza Dain Rauscher Plaza Minneapolis 1.jpg 539 (164) 40 1992
  • Also known as the Dain Rauscher Plaza[21][22]
8 Fifth Street Towers II Fifth Street Towers Minneapolis 1.jpg 504 (153) 36 1988 [23][24]
9 Ameriprise Financial Center Ameriprise Financial Center Minneapolis 1.jpg 498 (152) 31 2000
  • Tallest single-tenant office tower in Central Minneapolis
  • Tallest office building constructed in the United States in the year 2000
  • Formerly known as American Express Tower[25][26]
10 Target Plaza South Target Plaza South.jpg 492 (150) 33 2001 [27][28]
11 Plaza VII Plaza VII Minneapolis 1.jpg 475 (145) 36 1987 [29][30]
12 The Carlyle The Carlyle Minneapolis 1.jpg 469 (143) 41 2007
  • Tallest residential building in Minneapolis and Minnesota
  • Tallest building in the city north of 4th Street[31][32]
13 US Bancorp Center US Bancorp Center Minneapolis 1.jpg 467 (142) 32 2000 [33][34]
14 AT&T Tower AT&T Tower Minneapolis 1.jpg 464 (141) 34 1991
  • Also known as the AT&T Building[35][36]
15 333 South Seventh Street Tower Accenture Tower Minneapolis 5.jpg 455 (139) 33 1987 [37][38]
  • Originally known as Lincoln Center
  • Formerly known as Accenture Tower
16 Foshay Tower Foshay Tower 2.jpg 448 (137) 32 1929
  • Tallest building in Minneapolis from 1929 until 1973[39][40]
17 CenturyLink Building Qwest Building Minneapolis.jpg 416 (127) 26 1932
  • Originally constructed in 1932 with a height of 346 feet (105 m); height increased to 416 feet (127 m) in 1958 with the addition of a penthouse and rooftop structure
  • Tallest building constructed in Minneapolis in the 1930s
  • Originally known as Northwestern Bell Telephone Building
  • Formerly known as the Qwest Building[41][42]
18 50 South Sixth 50 South Sixth Minneapolis 1.jpg 404 (123) 30 2001 [43][44]
19 Hennepin County Government Center Hennepin County Govt Center.JPG 404 (123) 24 1977 [45][46]
20 LaSalle Plaza LaSalle Plaza Minneapolis 1.jpg 387 (118) 28 1991 [47][48]
21 Canadian Pacific Plaza One Financial Plaza Minneapolis 1.jpg 383 (117) 28 1960
  • Tallest building constructed in Minneapolis in the 1960s
  • Originally known as First National Bank Building
  • Formerly known as One Financial Plaza[49][50]
22 Marriott Hotel City Center Marriott Hotel City Center Minneapolis 1.jpg 381 (116) 32 1983 [51][52]
  • Originally known as Amfac Hotel
23 LPM Apartments 376 (114) 36 2014
  • Tallest building in Loring Park
  • Being built by Magellan Development Co.
24 Fifth Street Towers I Fifth Street Towers Minneapolis 1.jpg 354 (108) 23 1987 [53][54]
25 Minneapolis City Hall Minneapolis City Hall 1972.jpg 341 (104) 14 1906
26 McKnight Tower Apartments Riverside Plaza.jpg 337 (103) 39 1973
27 100 Washington Square 100 Washington Square Minneapolis 1.jpg 332 (101) 22 1981 [60][61]
28 Marquette Place Apartments Marquette Place Apartments 1.jpg 331 (101) 36 1987 [62]
29 110 Grant Apartments 110grantapartments.jpg 330 (101) 34 1985 [63]
30 US Bank Plaza II US Bank Plaza 1 Minneapolis 1.jpg 321 (98) 23 1981 [20][64]
  • Originally known as Pillsbury Center
31 McGladrey Plaza Midwest Plaza Minneapolis.JPG 320 (98) 20 1969 [65]
  • Originally known as Midwest Plaza
32 4Marq Apartments 313 (95) 30 2014
  • Mortenson Construction
33 La Rive Condominiums La Rive Condos Minneapolis 1.jpg 312 (95) 29 1987
34 Rand Tower Rand Tower.jpg 311 (95) 26 1929
35 Churchill Apartments Churchill Apartments Minneapolis 1.jpg 310 (95) 33 1981 [69]
36 IVY Hotel + Residences Hotel Ivy Minneapolis 5.jpg 302 (92) 25 2008 [70][71]

Tallest buildings by pinnacle height[edit]

The Foshay Tower is the sixth-tallest building in Minneapolis when measuring by pinnacle height.

This list ranks Minneapolis skyscrapers based on their pinnacle height, which includes radio masts and antennas. As architectural features and spires can be regarded as subjective, some skyscraper enthusiasts prefer this method of measurement. Standard architectural height measurement, which excludes antennas in building height, is included for comparative purposes.

Rank Name Pinnacle height
ft (m)
Standard height
ft (m)
Reference
1 IDS Tower 886 (270) 792 (241) [11]
2 Wells Fargo Center 787 (240) 774 (236) [14]
3 Capella Tower 775 (237) 775 (237) [12]
4 33 South Sixth 668 (204) 668 (204) [16]
5 Foshay Tower 607 (185) 448 (137) [18]
6 Campbell Mithun Tower 579 (177) 579 (177) [40]
7 US Bank Plaza I 561 (171) 561 (171) [20]
8 RBC Plaza 539 (164) 539 (164) [22]
9 Fifth Street Towers II 504 (153) 504 (153) [24]
10 Ameriprise Financial Center 498 (152) 498 (152) [26]

Tallest under construction or proposed[edit]

This lists skyscrapers that are under construction or proposed in Minneapolis and planned to be at least 300 feet (91 m) tall, but are not yet completed structures. A floor count of 20 stories is used as the cutoff for buildings whose heights have not yet been released by their developers.

Name Height*
ft (m)
Floors Year*
(est.)
Status Notes
1368 LaSalle Avenue 376 (115) 36 2014 Under construction Also known as Loring Apartments[10][72]
400 Marquette Avenue 313 (95) 30 2015 Under Construction [73]
The Nic on Fifth 290 (88) 26 2014 Under construction [74]
350 North Fifth 21 2015 Proposed [75]
Ryan Proposal 1 17 2016 Approved [76]
Ryan Proposal 2 17 2016 Approved [76]
Ryan Stadium-area hotel & apartments 312 (95) 27 2016 Proposed [77]

* Table entries with dashes (—) indicate that information regarding building heights or dates of completion has not yet been released.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

The Lumber Exchange Building stood as the tallest building in Minneapolis from 1886 to 1890.

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Minneapolis.

Name Street address Years as tallest Height
ft (m)
Floors Reference
Globe Building[A] 4th Street South 1882–1886 157 (48) 8 [78]
Lumber Exchange Building 10 5th Street South 1886–1887 165 (50) 12 [5]
Industrial Exposition Building[B] Central Avenue Southeast and Main Street Southeast 1887–1890 240 (73) 8 [79]
Metropolitan Building[C] 308 2nd Avenue South 1890–1895 258 (79) 12 [80]
Minneapolis City Hall 350 5th Street South 1895–1929 341 (104) 14 [57]
Foshay Tower 821 Marquette Avenue 1929–1973 448 (137) 32 [40]
IDS Tower 80 8th Street South 1973–present 792 (241) 55 [11]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ Demolished in 1958.
B. ^ Demolished in 1940.
C. ^ Demolished in 1962.

References[edit]

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