Rand Tower

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Rand Tower
Rand Tower.jpg
The Rand Tower in 2006. The skyway at lower left was attached to the building in 1969.[2]
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°58′38.5″N 93°16′11″W / 44.977361°N 93.26972°W / 44.977361; -93.26972Coordinates: 44°58′38.5″N 93°16′11″W / 44.977361°N 93.26972°W / 44.977361; -93.26972
Built 1928
Architect Holabird & Root; C.F. Haglin & Sons
Architectural style Moderne
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 84003937 [1]
Added to NRHP April 14, 1994

Rand Tower is a 26-story high rise in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA that was one of the city's tallest structures when it was completed in 1929. It was designed by Holabird & Root for Rufus R. Rand, a World War I aviator who was part of the family that owned the Minneapolis Gas Company (Minnegasco), now part of CenterPoint Energy. Rand had flown in the Lafayette Flying Corps during the war. Much of the building is covered in Art Deco ornamentation that follows an aviation theme, and there is a sculpture Wings in the lobby by Oskar J. W. Hansen. Hansen is perhaps best known for his sculptures at Hoover Dam in the Southwestern United States.

The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. It was known for a time as the Dain Tower, until Dain Rauscher relocated to the Dain Rauscher Plaza just down the street in 1992. The building has been undergoing renovations since Gaughan Companies purchased it in 2004. In 2008, Hempel Properties purchased the Rand Tower to house its headquarters and for the general market.[3] The building is located at 527 Marquette Avenue.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ Beach, James. The skyways turn 40. Skyway News. Published May 13, 2002, retrieved on November 28, 2006.
  3. ^ Grayson, Katherine (September 3, 2008). "Rand Tower tower sold for $10.2M". Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal (Advance Publications). Retrieved 2008-09-04. 

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Oskar J.W. Hansen

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