Capella Tower in Minneapolis

Photo of Capella Tower in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Capella Tower in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of Capella Tower in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Capella Tower in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Capella Tower in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Capella Tower in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Capella Tower
Formerly:225 South Sixth
Formerly:U.S. Bancorp Place
Formerly:First Bank Place

225 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Downtown Minneapolis 55402
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A piece of turn-of-the-millennium European architecture springing up in America's heartland. This skyscraper would be perfectly at home in Frankfurt, Berlin, or London. It's main feature is a glittering shaft that rises from a surrounding complex of complimentary, but more traditional, boxes. The eye is led up the building to its ornamental crown, which is illuminated at night. At the base is a 75-foot-tall wintergarden, a welcome refuge from the cold Minnesota winter. In spite of its nontraditional form, the people of Minneapolis have accepted this skyscraper as one of their own, though not without reservations. The building's negative aspects can be summed up most succinctly in a comment from James Lileks of the Minneapolis Past and Present web site: "It's too many buildings, and it doesn't seem to want to be any of them."

What doesn't make sense is why it isn't taller. This tower is 774-feet-tall -- just one foot shorter than the IDS Center. Would it have been so hard for someone to add another 12 inches to the fašade? Or maybe cement a couple of bricks together on the roof? Or at least erect a flagpole. Isn't bragging rights to tallest building in Minnesota worth anything on the local real estate market? This is nothing short of an opportunity wasted.

Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Height to roof: 731 feet
  • Height to top of decorative crown: 776 feet
Timeline
  • 1989: Construction begins.
  • 1992: Construction ends.
  • 2006: This building is sold for $245,000,000.
Notes
  • This building was designed by James Ingo Freed.
  • At the time of its completion, this building was 774 feet to the top of the crown. Adjustments made to the crown later increased the height to 776 feet.
Did You Know?
  • The building's crown is 45 feet tall.
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  • The big decorative crown. Some people call it a "frisbee." Some people think it's some kind of transmitting antenna, but they're wrong.
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There are five comments.

  I like this building with it's curve, crown, and design, it's the best postmodern tower I have seen since I saw it in 2000.

Brent Kampert - Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 @ 5:00pm  

  weird base of the building, but that is shadowed by other towers. the "shaft" of the building is amazing... should have been taller.

travis - Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 @ 6:25pm  

  This is my favorite building in Minneapolis.Interestingly enough, they built it shorter than the IDS tower on purpose so as not to take anything away from that building.However, due to an engineering need, the height was raised two feet to make it 776 feet tall, thus displacing the IDS tower as the tallest in Minneapolis. However, if the height of the window washing garage is included, the IDS tower is taller.If you count the total heights including attentae, then the IDS tower is taller.My source is Wikipedia and memory of a brochure from inside the 225 South sixth building itself.

Turbo852 - Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 @ 2:18pm