"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

November 11, 2010

The Foshay Tower Museum & Observation Deck

I didn't originally intend to go to The Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis yesterday. Minneapolis's library system has a program called the "Museum Adventure Pass" where residents can get a free pass to a local museum once every 7 days. When I last visited the library, I was actually looking for a pass to The Minnesota History Center or The Museum of Russian Art. Unfortunately, they were out of both so I grabbed one for the Foshay Tower Museum instead.

From the time it was completed in 1929 until the IDS Center was built in the early 1970's, The 31-story Foshay Tower was the tallest structure in Minneapolis. Honestly, the building itself isn't that interesting. It's more the story behind it. The structure was built by Wilbur Foshay, who amassed a fortune by buying and selling utility companies. On the 27th and 28th floors, Foshay set aside space for offices and an elaborate three-bedroom apartment for himself. Unfortunately, he never got to live in it because the stock market crash of 1929 happened a few months later. Foshay lost everything and ended up in prison for fraud for a few years. Eventually, he was given a full pardon and moved to the southwest US.

More info at: W Hotels and Wikipedia and Helium

The Foshay Tower

The Observation Deck

Looking down on Minneapolis
(This photo is MUCH better full-size)

One of the many displays in the one-room museum


Ferd said...

It's a really great shot!
What camera did you get?

Ferd said...

You were so right about viewing that picture full size!
You camera takes great detail!
What an interesting story about that Foshay dude. What a bummer for him!

Berryvox said...

Ferd - The camera is a Kodak Easy Share z915. I hadn't tried to take night shots downtown with it until a few days ago.

Yeah, Foshay never should have ended up in jail. It's not like you can pull yourself together, get a job in a shop, and pay off your debts when you lose that kind of money. On the bright side, he seems to have led a very nice, middle-class sort of life once he left prison.

Berryvox said...

lol Never mind. I read deeper into the Foshay trial. He should've gone to jail.

Evan Johnson said...

I like to do the tourist stuff in Mpls too. I've had breakfast in the bottom of the Foshay (I think) but never been to the deck. Thanks for the pictures.

We've got some great buildings, the Minneapolis public library is one of my favorites.