A walking tour of the city's architecture and public art
Come walk through the city's unique and extensive skyway system to see buildings designed by some of the 20th Century's most renowned architects and firms -- Phillip Johnson, I. M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, and SOM, among others. The buildings also tell the story of the city's history and development.
We'll also explore a couple of memorable tunnels.
Along the way we will see plenty of public art (statuary, sculpture, murals and friezes) as well as a host of designed public spaces, including the Nicollet Mall (recently renovated), the IDS Center atrium, the Federal Courthouse plaza (designed by Martha Schwartz), and the Hennepin County Government Center atrium, plaza and courtyard.
Other sights include the Grain Exchange Building's trading floor (which is now an office sharing space) and the current moderne art deco Post Office (which has dominated the city's river front for over 80 years and which boasts the world's longest light fixture, a 350 foot bronze chandelier).
Rain or shine, it's fun walk.
We will visit the following buildings/locations:
IDS Center (with its Crystal Court atrium and architectural "zogs");
Nicollet Mall (newly updated and re-opened pedestrian mall;
Skyway system (a lively and active second story network of walkways throughout the downtown buildings); Cappella Tower (with its half crown top and exhibit of Chihuly pieces);
Foshay Tower (with its art deco decor and Roaring 20's style);
Wells Fargo Center (with its Minnesota Sandstone exterior);
Famers and Mechanic's Bank Building (outside sculptures);
Minneapolis City Hall (Richardsonian Romanesque architecture and interior sculptures and design details)
Hennepin County Government Center (24 story tall atrium);
United States Post Office (art deco design and furnishings);
United States Courthouse (sculptures on its plaza); and
Grain Exchange (its trading floor has been converted to an office sharing space)
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection
Duration: 1 hour 30 min.
This is a walking tour of downtown Minneapolis. If you are not staying at a downtown hotel, I will pick you up (and drop you off) at your hotel in my Chevy Traverse (with seating for up to 6 passengers).
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Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 USD - While there is no need for additional cash on this tour, if you wish to stop at some point for a snack and/or a beverage, $15 should more than cover such an expense.
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Very informative and personalized. We enjoyed his company.
Mary Ann Willson