“IDS and Foshay Towers Minneapolis”

On my last visit to Minneapolis MN. I spent a day in this beautiful city just wondering around the streets essentially with my eye to the sky.

My original destination was The Foshay Tower, which I went to first. I toured the inside, then went to the observation deck for the spectacular view from the top. I love the historical aspect of the architecture there! You’ll see the Foshay Tower in the last image.

The IDS Tower was the building that called for my attention next! It’s such a lovely building with it’s glass facade, angles, and height. Two of the images below are from one frame and processed differently. The third image is from a slightly different angle of the same building that reveals some of the reflections of other structures in the area.

I really like the sharp edges and deep contrast of the architecture of the IDS Tower itself. When processing I also used high contrast in these two images, whether color or monochrome. Only the last image is done in a softer tone.

The IDS Tower is 57 stories tall, it became the tallest skyscraper in Minneapolis when it surpassed the height of the Foshay Tower, which is 32 stories tall. This happened in 1972, which then ended the Foshay Tower’s 43-year reign over the Minneapolis skyline. In addition to being a lot taller, The IDS Tower occupies much more real estate than the Foshay does. The Foshay Tower was desighed to look more like the Washington Monument so it has an obelisk-like look to it.

Enjoy these images from a small part of Minneapolis as you look to the sky. Be careful don’t strain your neck! 😉

"IDS Tower Framed" mono
“IDS Tower Framed” mono

“IDS Tower Framed” mono

"IDS Tower Framed"
“IDS Tower Framed”

“IDS Tower Framed”

"IDS Tower Reflections" mono
“IDS Tower Reflections” mono

“IDS Tower Reflections” mono

"Foshay Tower" monochrome
“Foshay Tower” monochrome

“Foshay Tower” monochrome

“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