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Identification

Metropolitan Building
Guaranty Loan Building
102810

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Structure in General

high-rise building
demolished [destroyed]
granite
sandstone
romanesque revival

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Building was demolished in 1961-62, perhaps the greatest architectural loss in Minneapolis history.
  • The demolition of this building and hundreds more in the name of Gateway District Urban Renewal sparked the contemporary Minneapolis historic preservation movement.
  • The Metropolitan Building was the tallest commercial building in Minneapolis from 1890 until 1914, when the Soo Line Building, now called 501 Marquette, was completed.
  • The green granite for the base was quarried in Conway, NH by the Maine and New Hampshire Granite Company.
  • This is the tallest building in downtown Minneapolis to be demolished intentionally. The Northwestern National Bank Building, though taller, was destroyed in a fire.
  • This site is now occupied by 330 2nd Avenue South.
  • The floors in the central atrium were glass, allowing light to filter down from the skylight.
  • This was the first building in Minneapolis to reach 12 floors overground, second only to St. Paul's Pioneer Building in the state of Minnesota.
  • The 8-floor Temple Court Building, built in 1886 and demolished in 1958, was considered this building's predecessor, in design and composition.
  • The upper nine floors were clad in brown Lake Superior sandstone, quarried by the Portage Entry Red Stone Company.
  • Upon completion, the building contained a Turkish Bath, rooftop promenade, concert garden, law library, and top-floor restaurant.

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Location

308 2nd Avenue South
131 3rd Street South
308 2nd Avenue South
Downtown West
Central
Minneapolis
Minnesota
U.S.A.

Technical Data

218.00 ft
218.00 ft
218.00 ft
12
1888
1890
1962
$2,000,000

Involved Companies

E. Townsend Mix

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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