YWCA Downtown

1130 Nicollet Mall

An example of the Brutalist architectural style

Built: 1976

Architect: Freerks, Sperl Flynn Architects; interior renovation in 2018 by 292 Design Group

This is the second YWCA building on the site; the previous building was built in 1929 and demolished in 1975 to make way for this building. The architectural style of this building is Brutalism, which is characterized by simple blocky forms and unadorned surfaces, usually produced in concrete. In this case, the concrete is partly poured-in-place and partly precast slabs. In contrast to the hard exterior, interiors feature many splashes of color, especially red. Brutalism began in the mid-20th century. Well-known buildings in the style include the 1954 chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France, designed by Le Corbusier and Boston City Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, designed by Kallmann McKinnell & Knowles, built in 1968.



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