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Wells Fargo Center
Norwest Tower, Norwest Center


Structure in General

existing [completed]
composite structure
curtain wall
light yellow


commercial office
service branch(es) museum parking


  • Until completion of the Minneapolis Central Library in 2006, this was the only building designed by Cesar Pelli in Minneapolis.
  • The 6th Street entrance is a 4-story extension of the main tower, and is topped by a large glass rotunda.
  • The building received the Urban Land Institute's Award for Excellence in Large Scale Office Development in 1989.
  • The pedestrian bridge over Marquette Avenue was designed by Iranian-born artist Siah Armajani. He also designed a bridge connecting Loring Park with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden next to the Walker Art Center.
  • Wells Fargo Center (originally Norwest Tower) was commissioned by Norwest Bank after one of the worst high-rise fires in US history destroyed the Northwestern National Bank Building on Thanksgiving Day 1982.
  • The second design presented by Cesar Pelli is the one that was built. The first design presented looked very similar to the Pelli-designed Key Tower which was built 3 years later in Cleveland.
  • The building's facade is of Kasota Stone, a buff-colored limestone quarried southwest of the Twin Cities in the Minnesota River Valley.
  • This is the tallest building completed in Minneapolis during the 1980s.
  • In addition to connecting to City Center through the south block of the Gaviidae Common shopping center, the building is connected to Northstar West by a skyway bridging Marquette Avenue.
  • The building's architecture takes cues from art-deco design, as seen in the nearby W Minneapolis - The Foshay, Rand Tower, and Qwest Building.
  • The upper setbacks are illuminated at night and can easily be seen for miles.

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84-94 7th Street South
73-81 6th Street South, 600-650 Marquette Avenue
90 7th Street South
Downtown West

Technical Data

775.34 ft
773.34 ft
731.34 ft
13.00 ft
320.00 ft
132.16 ft

Involved Companies

Kendall/Heaton Associates Inc.

BRW Inc.

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • Skybridge link to next building
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