Top Of The Foshay Tower, Droid Shots, Northern Spark, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June, 2012, photo © 2012 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
It was 4:45am when we walked into the Foshay Tower lobby, hoping to catch the sunrise from the 30th floor observation deck. We had stayed up the entire night of June 9th for the second Northern Spark; it was now June 10th. After a random tweet from the Northern Spark app, I won a Jump The Line At The Foshay prize, a gift that proved fruitful. We walked straight to the front of the line and flashed my Droid screen toward the guard. “Wow, that’s cool. Off you go,” he said, shooing us in the direction of the packed elevator.
My stomach dropped on the ride up; the tower view to the east took my breath away. The light was just beginning to change. The deck was crammed with Northern Sparkers, waiting for the sun. It was the perfect ending to the Nuit Blanche, a community shared art event for the soul. Sunrise on top of the sky; a tour of the Foshay museum. Details. Details. Details. Not just tree, what kind of tree. Not just building, what kind of building. A Minnesota icon, built to last, still inspiring sunrises after all these years.
- Named for Wilbur Foshay, the original owner & builder
- Modeled after the Washington Monument as a tribute to George Washington
- 32 stories high, tallest building in the Twin Cities for 4 decades
- Construction began in 1927 & ended August 1929. Built completely by all-union labor.
- Wilbur Foshay & Gottlieb Magney patented the shape and method of construction
- Faced with Indiana Bedford limestone, 750 window bays, able to stand up to winds of 400 mph
- Numbers: 447 feet, 3 inches high, mast on the top 160 feet; 81 by 87 feet at the base; 59 by 65 feet at the top; contains 2,599,666 cubic feet
- 60 feet below ground with four basement levels
- John Philip Sousa wrote the Foshay Tower-Washington Memorial March for the Foshay Dedication Ceremonies
- Tower Observation Deck is located on the 30th floor where you can see 30 miles on a clear day
- Foshay lights are 10 feet tall, 44 feet across, lit by 900 60-watt bulbs
- Placed on National Register of Historic Places in 1977
- In 1987 the Tower was adorned with a 50-foot by 50-foot banner (the largest ever installed on a highrise office building) congratulating the Minnesota Twins for their championship year
- In 2008, the renovated Foshay opened as the Foshay Museum & Observation Deck, part of W Minneapolis — The Foshay
Foshay Moon, Droid Shots, Northern Spark, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June, 2012, photo © 2012 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
-posted on red Ravine, Wednesday, September 4th, 2013