There are two things I can't get enough of, a great view and excellent photo opportunities. There is one place in Minneapolis that offers both, that's the Foshay Tower. Visiting the Foshay Tower is one of those things this group has done for the last four years and the view amazes me every time. It's interesting to see all the changes that have occurred downtown. You really can see for miles and miles from every side. It's one of those experiences I like to share with others. For this Meetup, each person is responsible for purchasing their own ticket to the Observation Deck and Museum. Be sure to mention that you are with the Museum Meetup Group to get the group rate of $5.00.They are purchased at the desk in the lobby on the first floor. Once you purchase your ticket, we will meet in the bar lounge in the lobby on the Marquette side, look for our sign. It's very comfortable and it has worked well as a place to gather prior to going up to the museum. Please be there by 12:45. The museum is located on the 32nd floor and contains photos and memorabilia from the era. It's a fascinating look at Minneapolis before the stock market crash and all the hoopla that the Tower created. The observation deck is reached by a short flight of stairs from the Museum. Once up there, we are welcome to stay as long as you like. If you have never been up there, you are in for a real treat. Hopefully we will have a decent day, because the deck is open, which makes taking photos super easy. The building Art Deco interior is gorgeous. Even the elevator doors are beautiful. Take time to really look at it and take it all in. There is not a formal tour this time around, although I'm hoping we can get some background information. Sometimes we had a short talk, others we didn't, but the displays are very informative.
The Foshay Tower was the first skyscraper built in the state of Minnesota and remained the tallest building in Minneapolis from 1929-1971. It was one the tallest building west of the Mississippi. The Foshay Tower is significant to Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota not only as a unique example of architectural design and engineering, but as a prominent reminder of the taste and expression of "conspicuous consumption" which was felt throughout the United States during the economic boom years of the 1920s.
At a designated time we will gather at either Peter's Grill or the 8th Street Grill for socializing and good food. I will need to make a reservation for a large group, so it will be helpful to know if you are planning to join us. Our after tour get together has always been a very fun part of our Foshay day. I hope you will join us. I also suggest a stop at Angle Food the awesome bakery above Hell's Kitchen, which is another lunch option.
There is on street parking around the Foshay, or if you want to play it safe, there are a number of parking ramps and lots close by.