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IDS Tower

Identification

IDS Tower
122742

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
composite structure
glass
curtain wall
blue
modernism
forced air
yes, centrally controlled

Usages

commercial office
shop(s) restaurant parking

Facts

  • The IDS Tower supports two telecommunications antennae rising to 910 feet, the highest point in Minneapolis.
  • IDS Tower surpassed the W Minneapolis - The Foshay, the city's tallest since 1929.
  • The architects were recognized with an Honor Award for Design from the American Institute of Architects in 1975.
  • Films with scenes shot in the tower or neighboring Crystal Court include "Purple Rain", "Foolin' Around", and "Joe Somebody".
  • The design evolved out of a circa-1962 12-story headquarters building concept for Investors Diversified Services.
  • The zig-zag shape of the tower's floorplan allows for 32 corner offices on every floor.
  • The 50th floor is home to the Windows on Minnesota, a banquet facility operated in conjunction with The Marquette Hotel.
  • The building was featured prominently in the opening sequence for the much-loved 1970s sitcom, the Mary Tyler Moore Show.
  • This building formerly housed a public observation deck, but it has been closed since the late 1990s. The only remaining observation deck in the Twin Cities is in the Foshay Tower.
  • Midwest Plaza, located directly across 8th Street, was the home of the fictional WJM-TV of the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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Location

80 8th Street South
55402
IDS Center
Downtown West
Central
Minneapolis
Minnesota
U.S.A.

Technical Data

277.30 m
241.38 m
241.38 m
235.55 m
218.89 m
55
4
1969
1973
538

Involved Companies

MEP engineering, antenna site management, construction company, developer, electrical engineering, elevator supplier, environmental consultant, excavation company, facade supplier, general contractor, geotechnical engineering, lighting consultant, mechanical engineering, mechanical systems installation, owner, property management, shell construction, steel supplier, structural engineering, surveyor

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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