“Foshay Tower” mono

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been working on some images from this past fall, a visit to Minneapolis MN. One of the buildings I really wanted to see during that stay was the Foshay Tower. Originally built in 1929, it was modeled after the Washington Monument. The Foshay Tower was the lifelong dream of of Wilbur Foshay, an art student who later became a business man.

This building has a rich history and quite a story behind it. Sadly not a very happy one for Wilbur, who never even got to live in the lavish apartment he had created for himself. The crash of the stock market and the completion of the building came quite close together. Fifty some odd years later in 1978 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Foshay was the tallest building in Minneapolis from 1929 until 1972 when the IDS Tower was built, and surpassed it in height. The architectural style is that of Art Deco.

When I was processing this and some other images of skyscrapers in the city, I decided to go with a really bold, high contrast black and white. I like the effect it gives. Maybe that of power. I also feel like it represents the time period.

The Foshay has been a beautiful hotel for many years now, but it still has an open observation deck, and a small museum to learn about the fascinating history behind this Mid-Western echo of the Washington Monument, and Wilbur Foshay, the man behind the dream!!

Enjoy the image!!

  "Foshay Tower" B&W
“Foshay Tower” B&W

“Of a Certain Time”

I find a lot of beauty in all types of architecture from historic to modern, from small architectural details to that of grand buildings, and everything in between.
Last summer I did quite a bit of architectural photography. Much of it was from buildings built in the early 1900’s to the 1920’s or so.
This particular image is a section of one of the heads of a column on a grand building with many columns. The time period was from the 1920’s.
Going monochrome seemed to lend itself well, especially as the subject was basically off white in color.
Sometime in the future I’ll feature the entire building in a post. Enjoy!

The beauty of historical architectural details!
The beauty of historical architectural details!