IVY Hotel + Residences

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Hotel Ivy + Residences
Hotel Ivy Minneapolis 5.jpg
Hotel Ivy + Residences in May 2010.
Former names Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Minneapolis (1929–1965); Ivy Tower (1965–2007)
General information
Architectural style Art Deco (original); Postmodern (current structure)
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Address 1115 2nd Avenue South
(Hotel Ivy is 201 11th Street So)
Coordinates 44°58′17″N 93°16′22″W / 44.971303°N 93.272848°W / 44.971303; -93.272848Coordinates: 44°58′17″N 93°16′22″W / 44.971303°N 93.272848°W / 44.971303; -93.272848
Construction started 1927 (original)
Completed 1930 (original)
Renovated 2006–2008 (current structure)
Height 140 ft (43 m) (original);
302 ft (92 m) (current structure)
Technical details
Floor count 10 (original);
25 (current structure)
Floor area 14,914 sq ft (1,386 m²) (original);
1,040,925 sq ft (96,705 m²) (current structure)
Design and construction
Architect Thomas R. Kimball, William L. Steele, and Josiah D. Sandham (original)
Architecture firm Kimball, Steele, and Sandham
Renovating team
Renovating firm Walsh Bishop Associates (current structure)

Hotel Ivy + Residences,[1][2][3][4] which integrates the historic Ivy Tower, is a 302-foot (92 m) skyscraper in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was completed in summer of 2008 and has 25 floors, 6 elevators and 136 hotel rooms and 70 residential units.

The building integrates the historic Ivy Tower, which was originally built in 1930 as the Second Church of Christ Scientist for the Church of Christ, Scientist. Designed by Thomas R. Kimball, the older structure features a Mesopotamian style as a rare example of the Ziggurat form of architecture in Minneapolis.[5] Designed as a small-scale "skyscraper", it originally housed administrative offices, classrooms, and reading rooms and was intended to be the first phase of what would be four towers surrounding a main church building. The plan was abandoned and the tower subsequently sold in 1965, when it became known as the Ivy Tower.[5]

In December 2006, the historic Ivy Tower (originally the Second Church of Christ Scientist) was being incorporated into what would become the Hotel Ivy + Residences.

By the end of the 1980s, the Ivy Tower was mostly vacant and rumors arose that its owners were planning to raze it in favor of new construction. This spurred the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission to start historic designation proceedings, and the Minneapolis City Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee voted to affirm the recommendation.[6] The building sat vacant for a number of years until it, as well as the surrounding parcel of land were chosen for redevelopment as a combined luxury hotel/condominium complex, managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as part of its Luxury Collection brand; the project cost $88 million.[7]

With the Ivy Tower as a component, the new complex opened in 2008 rechristened as the Hotel Ivy + Residences, including a 136-room hotel and 70 condominiums. The older building was remodeled to include several single-floor hotel rooms and a two-level suite furnished with a baby grand piano priced at $3,000 a night. The condominiums, most of them initially priced at more than $1 million, included full use of the hotel's amenities, like the food, valet and maid service and the 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) spa.[7]

The complex struggled from the beginning: it was finished behind schedule and was subsequently hit hard by the late 2000s recession affecting both the condo market and luxury travel industries. The building soon went into receivership and, by November 2009, had only sold 21 of its condos. By December 2009, the developers, Jeff Laux and Gary Benson, still owed $56 million on $69 million in loans and almost $9 million in mechanic's liens as one of its lenders sought foreclosure on the property.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hotel History
  2. ^ Ivy Tower
  3. ^ Skyscraperpage
  4. ^ Official Site
  5. ^ a b "Second Church of Christ Scientist". Individual Landmarks. Minneapolis, Minnesota: City of Minneapolis. February 2007. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ Roscoe, Bob. "Preservation Basics". Minneapolis, Minnesota: Preserve Minneapolis. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c Feyder, Susan (December 28, 2009). "Ivy foreclosure looms". StarTribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota.