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Capella Tower


Capella Tower
First Bank Place, U.S. Bank Place, US Bank Place, Park Building


Structure in General

existing [completed]
composite structure
pile foundation
curtain wall
light brown blue


commercial office


  • The western part of the tower was originally the site of the Builders Exchange Building.
  • The crown is illuminated at night and can easily be seen for miles.
  • The tower's shape and typical floorplans change at the 15th, 27th, and 45th floors.
  • The 53rd floor is the highest leasable office floor, with 3 additional mechanical floors at the top.
  • This is the tallest building in Minneapolis completed in the 1990s.
  • The 20-floor section at 7th Street & 3rd Avenue rises 278 feet.
  • The building is connected by skyway to the Ameriprise Financial Center, The Grand Hotel Minneapolis, Northstar East, and US Bank Plaza.
  • The chief architect was James Ingo Freed.
  • Considered one of the most prestigious properties in Minneapolis, it contains the landmark 56-story tower and the 20-story Park Building (at 650 3rd Avenue South) connected by a 75-foot-high wintergarden.
  • The building has an L-shaped footprint, occupying the entire length of the block between 2nd and 3rd Avenues on 6th Street South and between 6th and 7th Streets on 3rd Avenue South.
  • The 45 foot tall semi-circular steel crown serves as a screen for cooling towers and antennae.
  • It was built as the headquarters of First Bank, now US Bancorp. The building changed its name to 225 South Sixth in early 2002, after US Bancorp moved its headquarters to the new US Bancorp Center on , and then to Capella Tower in early 2009.

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201-225 6th Street South
601-609 2nd Avenue South, 610-650 3rd Avenue South
224 7th Street South
225 6th Street South, 601 2nd Avenue South, 650 3rd Avenue South
Downtown West

Technical Data

776.01 ft
776.01 ft
732.01 ft
692.01 ft
13.00 ft
9.00 ft
157.50 ft
157.50 ft
Oct 1992

Involved Companies

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
HKS, Inc.
MEP engineering, construction company, crane supplier (construction), developer, elevator supplier, excavation company, facility management, fire protection engineering, general contractor, glass supplier, lightning protection, mechanical systems installation, owner, parking management, property management, real estate agent, shell construction, steel supplier, structural engineering

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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