IDS Center in Minneapolis

Photo of IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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IDS Center

80 South Eighth Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Downtown Minneapolis 55402
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Modern in the modern tradition, but without the fatal flaw of being boring, the IDS Center peeks over all others. At the time of its completion, it was the tallest skyscraper in Minneapolis. You can't say that one building towers over the others in this city because while the IDS center is 775 feet, right behind it, US Bank is only one foot shorter, and next comes Wells Fargo Center another foot still. On the positive side, the IDS Center is similar at first glance in graceful simplicity to the Hancock Tower in Boston, but it isn't merely another black monolith thrust into the ground. It has a pleasing polygon shape and a mixture of materials that project a good sense of texture. However, the item that makes it most attractive to the public is the Crystal Court -- an eight-story glass commons that includes a 105-foot waterfall.

Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Height to roof: 775 feet, seven inches.
  • Height to top of mechanical penthouse: 792 feet
Timeline
  • February, 1972: The first tenants move in.
Notes
  • At the time of its completion, this was the tallest building in Minneapolis.
  • This building's atrium features a 105 foot tall waterfall.
  • The IDS Center is covered with 42,614 panes of reflective glass.
  • This building was built with 15,000 tons of structural steel.
  • This was formerly the location of Hennepin Federal Savings and Loan.
  • The IDS Center was intended to be the center and focal-point of downtown Minneapolis.
Did You Know?
    > It was in front of this building that Mary Tyler Moore threw her hat in the air in the famous opener from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
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There are four comments.

  I was so pleased to return to Minneapolis this year for the first time in almost thirty years and see the IDS presiding over the city. "Hats off" to the good taste of city builders and architects who have come since, building towers that complement the skyline without forgetting the city's signature tower!

Greg Morrison - Saturday, November 10th, 2007 @ 9:04pm  

  Having experienced the IDS tower continuously for the past 20 years... I am consistently pleased by it's altering moods and colors(depending on the weather). It is a powerful and elegant statement of wealth and sophistication.

john - Friday, August 12th, 2005 @ 11:24pm  

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