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Mpls.St.Paul Magazine: 40 Years of the Best

40 lists that celebrate the things that tie us together.

 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's 40th Anniversary
Photographs by Steve Henke, Stephanie Colgan, and Katherine Harris

Business

» 12 COOL BRANDS WE CLAIM
(AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE)


Minnetonka Moccasins
Faribault Woolen
Mill Co.
J.W. Hulme Co.
Pierrepont Hicks

Red Wing Shoe Co.
Duluth Pack
russell + hazel
Intelligent Nutrients

Blu Dot
Aveda
Thymes
Caldrea



» 10 BELOVED CORPORATE MASCOTS


Target Bullseye
Jolly Green Giant
Hamm's Bear
1972 Betty Crocker
Pillsbury Doughboy
Land O'Lakes
Indian Maiden
Timberwolves Crunch
Vikings Ragnar
Count Chocula
Trix Rabbit






» 10 THINGS WE MISS ABOUT DAYTON'S



The Regards card

Paper shopping bags

A new holiday show every year

Gift-wrap

Fashion shows in the Sky Room

Full-service tailors

Wedding invitations

The Oval Room at Southdale

Gracie at the Oak Grill

Sparkle

» 11 BUILDINGS TO BRAG ABOUT




MILL CITY MUSEUM Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle transformed a historic flour mill into a modern museum and hot party locale.

GUTHRIE THEATER The big blue IKEA-esque “theater in the sky” is a brave feat by architect Jean Nouvel. The Endless Bridge over the river is one of the longest occupied cantilevers in the world.

IDS TOWER At 57 stories, the tiered-glass IDS became our tallest skyscraper (well, maybe—read on) in Minneapolis when it boomed above the Foshay in 1972. Plus, Mary Tyler Moore dined at Basil’s above the Crystal Court—it’s famous!

FOSHAY TOWER It was cool then, and it’s cool now. Léon Eugène Arnal modeled the Foshay after the Washington Monument, and in 2006 developers Ralph Burnet and Ryan Companies worked within that narrow frame when renovating it into the sleek W Hotel.

JAMES J. HILL LIBRARY It’s one of the most comprehensive business libraries in the country—and a popular wedding spot. Brides and grooms love this stately Beaux Arts landmark.

WEISMAN ART MUSEUM This stainless steel slice of Frank Gehry is a riverfront icon, and this year’s expansion gave us more to love.

WINTON GUEST HOUSE It moved—slowly, at night—in pieces from Lake Minnetonka to a St. Thomas property. Now this is the only Gehry-designed residence that’s open to the public for tours.

MINNEAPOLIS CENTRAL LIBRARY Architect Cesar Pelli and Minneapolis firm Architectural Alliance transformed the lackluster downtown library into a striking loft-like space.

WALKER ART CENTER The aluminum ice cube with glass walls and peekaboo windows is now forever a fixture along Hennepin Avenue, thanks to Herzog & de Meuron.

CAPELLA TOWER Designed by Pei (yes, that Pei of the Louvre!), Cobb, Freed & Partners, the tower with the “halo” on top fights with IDS to be the tallest in town. We’ll let the viewers decide—from the street, not the skyway.

CHAMBERS HOTEL Props to Shea Architects and Ryan Companies for turning a dilapidated building into a boutique hotel with glass, art, color, and plenty of areas to lounge. Fortunately, Shea’s taking over another corner on Hennepin—stay tuned.

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