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 258 completed high-rises,[1] 39 of which stand taller than 300 feet (91 m). The tallest building in Minneapolis is the 57-story IDS Center, 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 is the 66th-tallest building in the United States.[3] The second-tallest skyscraper in the city and the state is Capella Tower, which rises 775 feet (236 m) and was completed in 1992.[4] 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.[5]

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,[6] is often regarded as the first skyscraper in Minnesota and one of the first fire-proof buildings in the country.[7] The Lumber Exchange Building also stands as the oldest structure outside of New York City with at least 12 floors.[8] 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 Center, 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 2019, the skyline of Minneapolis is ranked 16th in the United States and 74th in the world with 28 buildings rising at least 328 feet (100 m) in height.[9]

Minneapolis entered into another high-rise construction boom in 2000, and has since seen the completion of eleven buildings rising over 300 feet (91 m) tall. The latest, 334-foot (102 m) 365 Nicollet, was completed in late 2018.[10]

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.

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Notes
1 IDS Center IDS Center-Minneapolis-2005-09-27.jpg 792 (241) 57 1973
2 Capella Tower 225 South Sixth.jpg 776 (237) 56 1992
3 Wells Fargo Center Wells Fargo Center from Foshay.jpg 775 (236) 57 1988
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
  • Originally known as the Piper Jaffray Tower and built as the global headquarters for Piper Jaffray
  • Second-tallest glass-curtain wall building in Minneapolis, behind the IDS Tower[16][17]
6 US Bank Plaza I US Bank Plaza 1 Minneapolis 1.jpg 561 (171) 40 1981
7 RBC Plaza Dain Rauscher Plaza Minneapolis 1.jpg 539 (164) 40 1992
8 Fifth Street Towers II Fifth Street Towers Minneapolis 1.jpg 504 (153) 36 1988 [22][23]
9 Ameriprise Financial Center Ameriprise Financial Center Minneapolis 1.jpg 498 (152) 31 2000
  • Global Headquarters for Ameriprise Financial
  • 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[24][25]
10 Target Plaza South Target Plaza South from Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Aug 2018.jpg 492 (150) 33 2001
11 PwC Plaza Plaza VII Minneapolis 1.jpg 475 (145) 36 1987
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[30][31]
13 US Bancorp Center US Bancorp Center Minneapolis 1.jpg 467 (142) 32 2000
14 AT&T Tower AT&T Tower Minneapolis 1.jpg 464 (141) 34 1991 [34][35]
15 SPS Tower Accenture Tower Minneapolis 5.jpg 455 (139) 33 1987 [36][37]
  • Originally known as Lincoln Center; formerly known as Accenture Tower
16 W Minneapolis - The Foshay Foshay Tower 2.jpg 448 (137) 32 1929
  • Tallest building in Minneapolis from 1929 until 1973[38][39]
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[40][41]
18 50 South Sixth 50 S 6th St, Minneapolis, Minnesota.jpg 404 (123) 30 2001 [42][43]
19 Hennepin County Government Center Hennepin County Govt Center.JPG 404 (123) 24 1977 [44][45]
20 LaSalle Plaza LaSalle Plaza Minneapolis 1.jpg 387 (118) 30 1991 [46][47]
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[48][49]
22 Marriott Minneapolis City Center Marriott Hotel City Center Minneapolis 1.jpg 381 (116) 32 1983 [50][51]
23 LPM Apartments LPM Apartments, August 2014.jpg 376 (114) 36 2014
24 Fifth Street Towers I Fifth Street Towers Minneapolis 1.jpg 354 (108) 23 1987 [52][53]
25 Minneapolis City Hall Minneapolis City Hall 1972.jpg 341 (104) 14 1906
26 McKnight Tower Apartments Riverside Plaza.jpg 337 (103) 39 1973
27 365 Nicollet 365Nicollet 334 (102) 31 2018
28 100 Washington Square 100 Washington Square Minneapolis 1.jpg 332 (101) 22 1981 [59][60]
29 Marquette Place Apartments Marquette Place Apartments 1.jpg 331 (101) 36 1987 [61]
30 110 Grant Apartments 110grantapartments.jpg 330 (101) 34 1985 [62]
31 US Bank Plaza II US Bank Plaza 1 Minneapolis 1.jpg 321 (98) 23 1981
32 RSM Plaza Midwest Plaza Minneapolis.JPG 320 (98) 20 1969 [64]
  • Originally known as Midwest Plaza; formerly known as McGladrey Plaza
33 4Marq Apartments 313 (95) 30 2015 [65]
34 La Rive Condominiums La Rive Condos Minneapolis 1.jpg 312 (95) 29 1987
35 Rand Tower Rand Tower.jpg 311 (95) 26 1929
36 Churchill Apartments Churchill Apartments Minneapolis 1.jpg 310 (95) 33 1981 [69]
37 IVY Hotel + Residences Hotel Ivy Minneapolis 5.jpg 302 (92) 25 2008
  • The tallest hotel and residence in the five state area (MN, ND, SD, IA, and WI)[70][71]
38 Wells Fargo Tower I 301 (92) 17 2016 [72]
39 Wells Fargo Tower II 301 (92) 17 2016 [73]

Tallest buildings by pinnacle height[edit]

The Foshay Tower is the fifth-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 Center 910 (277) 792 (241) [74]
2 Capella Tower 776 (237) 776 (237) [11]
3 Wells Fargo Center 775 (236) 775 (236) [13]
4 33 South Sixth 668 (204) 668 (204) [15]
5 Foshay Tower 607 (185) 448 (137) [17]
6 Campbell Mithun Tower 579 (177) 579 (177) [39]
7 US Bank Plaza I 561 (171) 561 (171) [19]
8 RBC Plaza 539 (164) 539 (164) [21]
9 Fifth Street Towers II 504 (153) 504 (153) [23]
10 Ameriprise Financial Center 498 (152) 498 (152) [25]

Under construction[edit]

This lists high-rises and skyscrapers under construction in Minneapolis that are expected to rise at least 200 feet (61 m).

Name Type Height*
ft (m)
Floors Year*
(est.)
Status Notes
The Gateway Mixed-Use 508/ 153.4 38 2021 Under Construction
The Expo Residential 310 (94.5) 26 2020 Under Construction [75]
Rafter Residential 290 (88) 26 2019 complete [76]

Proposed and Approved[edit]

This lists buildings Under Design Review, Approved or Proposed in Minneapolis and are planned to rise at least 200 feet (61 m).

Name Type Height*
ft / m
Floor Count Anticipated Groundbreaking Notes
Eleven Residential 550 / 167.6 48 2019 Approved
Alia Tower (200 Central) Residential 483 / 147.2 42 2019 Approved[77]
North Loop Green Mixed-Use 442 / 134.7 39 2019 Proposed [78]
12th Street Apartments Residential 415 / 126.5 32 2019 Approved[79]
365 Nicollet, Phase II Residential 334 / 101.8 31 2019 Proposed[80]
Block One Residential Tower Residential 305 / 93.0 26 2019 Proposed[81]
Calhoun Tower I Residential 287 / 87.5 26 2019 Approved[82]
Calhoun Tower II Residential 286 / 87.2 26 2019 Approved[83]
240 Hennepin Residential 256 / 78.0 23 2019 Proposed[84]
Fire Station One Mixed-Use 241 / 73.5 22 2019 Approved[85]

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 [86]
Lumber Exchange Building 10 5th Street South 1886–1887 165 (50) 12 [6]
Industrial Exposition Building[B] Central Avenue Southeast and Main Street Southeast 1887–1890 240 (73) 8 [87]
Metropolitan Building[C] 308 2nd Avenue South 1890–1895 258 (79) 12 [88]
Minneapolis City Hall 350 5th Street South 1895–1929 341 (104) 14 [56]
Foshay Tower 821 Marquette Avenue 1929–1973 448 (137) 32 [39]
IDS Tower 80 8th Street South 1973–present 792 (241) 57 [74]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

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