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.
|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|