Wells Fargo Center
Formerly:Norwest Center
90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Downtown Minneapolis 55402 United StatesPrint this page   •   Share this page

Rising from the ashes of the 1982 fire that destroyed the old Northwestern National Bank Building, the Norwest Center reaches 57 stories above Minneapolis, and is perhaps the city's best skyscraper. Even though this is a product of the 1980's, it keeps the traditional art deco feel of the first batch of American skyscrapers churned out 50 years earlier like Rockefeller Center in New York (see also Chrysler Building, New York and Carew Tower, Cincinnati). Entering the building leaves you in an immense pedestrian zone ("Gaviidae Common") with a a 100-foot-tall dome looming above you -- a grand act paying homage to the architecture of ancient times, yet concealed from the outside by a thoroughly modern building. While the Norwest Center was originally intended to be the tallest building in Minneapolis, a redesign brought its total high to several inches under the IDS Center. Nevertheless, the building is a source of great pride for people living in the city. At night floodlights illuminate the tower at each of the building's setbacks.

Quick Facts
    *Floor space: 1,200,000 square feet
    *May 25, 2010: This building was granted LEED-EB Gold certification.
    *Developer: Hines
Green Things
    *As of May, 2009 this building had an Energy Star score of 93. *This building is equipped with low-flow water fixtures. *This building is equipped with motion-activated lights in the restrooms. *As of 2010, this building had a recycling rate of 69%.
Your Thoughts

There are four comments.

  Great building, just wish it could of been taller!

Phillip R - Thursday, May 24th, 2007 @ 7:04pm  

  I would rate this building a 5; but it should have been completed to be the tallest building in Mpls. If the setback & floodlight features towered over the IDS & could be seen from all directions. This towere would serve to be a beacon for miles. Too bad, missed opportunity.

steve b. - Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 @ 10:50am  

  The flood lights are so cool. A must see when in Minneapolis

John Haijt - Monday, July 12th, 2004 @ 12:31pm  

  My favorite Minneapolis skyscraper.

Brad J - Monday, June 14th, 2004 @ 5:05pm