Architects: Frederick Ackerman (New York) with Magney & Tusler (Minneapolis), 1926 Renovation and restoration by Ellerbe Becket, 1989 A reviewer called this “one of the most beautiful store buildings in the world.” It was the realization of the…

Architects: Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (New York City) with Hammel Green & Abrahamson (Minneapolis) and acoustical engineer Cyril Harris (New York City), 1974 First renovation by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, 1997 Second renovation by…

Architects: Long and Thorshov, 1923 Addition by Long and Thorshov, 1929 Renovation by Shea Architects, 1993 The Medical Arts Building is sheathed in bright white terra cotta. “Terra cotta” translates from Latin as “baked earth,” and that’s…

Architect: Gunnar Birkerts & Associates, 1972 Renovation and addition by Walsh Bishop Associates, 2002 Built in 1972 and originally designed to house the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, this building began as an experiment in expressionistic…

Architect: M. Paul Friedberg and Associates, 1976 By the 1960s, the once fashionable Loring Park area had become run down. In response, both the Minneapolis City Council and the Downtown Council (a business leaders’ group) put forward plans in the…

The Lafayette Building is a perfect architectural translation of the Roaring 20s — a fun-loving, ostentatious bauble of a building that looks like a birthday cake. But don’t try taking a bite out of it; the building’s exterior is covered with…

Architects: Philip Johnson and John Burgee (New York City) with Edward Baker (Minneapolis), 1972 Renovation of Crystal Court by Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, 1998 The IDS Center includes the Marquette Hotel, an annex on Marquette Avenue, a…