August 15, 2008

Foshay Tower Lights Up The Night

This is a contribution photo by Eric of the Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis. The Foshay Tower was built in 1929, modeled after the Washington Monument and stands 447 feet tall, plus an antenna that extends the structure to 607 feet total. It has been credited as the first skyscraper west of the Mississippi. It remains the second tallest concrete skyscraper with the Empire State Building in New York as the tallest.

Normally the lights on the Foshay Tower go unlit. I believe I heard it had been 15 years since they were last lit up. The reason they were powered on was to mark the opening of a new beginning for the Foshay Tower. It has been converted from an office building to a 230 room 'W Hotel'. Ralph W Burnet and Ryan Companies have spent over $90 million in the renovation process.

This great contribution photo and more can be found found at the authors flicker website.


Virginia said...

Very dramatic and very beautiful shot.

Meg said...

When my parents lived in Mpls, this was the tallest structure; they keep telling me this.

Anonymous said...

Incredible, how did you get it all in?

Great work on your blog today and a very appropriate picture.

I've just racked up two years at South Shields Daily Photo and I hope to be passing here in two years time to compliment you again! Keep up the good work!
Thanks to everyone who has passed by and left a comment or some encouragement, it makes it all worthwhile.

from Curly at South Shields Daily Photo said...

Simply stunning! (Both the photo and the building all lit up.)