Fine art illustration of the Minneapolis Skyline in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The print is hand-signed by the artist and is guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. The brilliant reproduction of this original pen and ink drawing is done on high quality acid-free archival paper. Call 1 800-913-7906 for more information or to order by phone. Click here.
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This drawing of the Minneapolis Skyline was completed in 1993. The idea for the "key" as the bottom came to me, as I realized I knew the names of only about 25% of the buildings. After I completed the drawing, I resolved to enter into each one, discover the name of the building, when it was completed and if possible who the architect was. This was years before 9/11, so in most cases I was granted access to the building, often allowed into areas normally off-limits to the public. And in most cases I was greeted with enthusiasm for the drawing and the project. As this drawing was completed nearly 20 years ago, some of the names of the buildings have changed, and other buildings have sprung up. But I still believe this to be an excellent representation of the lovely skyline of Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis skyline includes many notable buildings, including some of the first "skyscrapers" in the central part of the United States. Several prominent architects have been employed in the design of some of the buildings, such as H. H. Richardson (Minneapolis City Hall) and I.M. Pei. The downtown area is one of the main hubs of business and financial activity in the region. Some of the buildings house offices for the top companies in the world, such as American Express and IBM. The Foshay Tower, built in 1929, was one of the earliest tall buildings in Minneapolis and remained so until 1971. Unfortunately, in the collapse of Wall Street Foshay lost his fortune. Much of the downtown area languished for decades, and the area called "the Gateway district" was especially bad and rundown. During the years of 1957-1956 nearly 1/3 of the entire downtown area had been leveled. Freeways breathed new life into the city with connections to the ever expanding suburbs and Saint Paul. In the following years, building was slow into the 1980's, with only the IDS Tower being the really remarkable building that was added. However, afterwards several others were added, including the Wells Fargo Center, the Campbell Mithun Tower (previously Piper Jaffray) and Capella Tower, built in 1992 as the headquarters of First Bank.