J.W. Hulme Co.
Red Wing Shoe Co.
russell + hazel
Jolly Green Giant
1972 Betty Crocker
The Regards card
Paper shopping bags
A new holiday show every year
Fashion shows in the Sky Room
The Oval Room at Southdale
Gracie at the Oak Grill
MILL CITY MUSEUM
Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle transformed a historic flour mill into a modern museum and hot party locale.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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