Foshay Museum and Observation Deck Hours of Operation:
Open Monday- Saturday: 10am-6pm
Thursdays (beginning May 1) 10am-9pm
Observation Deck Winter Hours are subject to the weather. Please call ahead.
Museum and Observation Deck Admission:
Seniors (65+) $5
Children Under 12 Free
Foshay Tower Facts
- The Foshay Tower received its name from Wilbur Foshay, the original owner and builder.
- It was modeled after the Washington Monument as a tribute to George Washington.
- Construction on the 32-story structure began in 1927 and ended in August 1929. It was the tallest building in this area for four decades.
- The shape and method of construction were developed by Wilbur Foshay and Gottlieb R. Magney. They received a patent from the U.S. Patent Office for both.
- The Tower is faced with Indiana Bedford Limestone and has 750 Window bays. Foshay claimed it could withstand winds up to 400mph.
- It was the first building to be built completely with all-union labor.
- Building height is 447 feet, 3 inches. The mast on the top is 160 feet. It is 60 feet below ground with four basement levels.
- The dimensions are 81 feet by 87 feet at its base and 59 feet by 65 feet at the top. The building contains 2,599,666 cubic feet.
- The “Foshay Tower - Washington Memorial March” was written for the Foshay Dedication Ceremonies by John Phillip Sousa.
- The Tower Observation Deck is located on the 30th floor. You can see approximately 30 miles on a clear day.
- The “Foshay” lights are 10 feet tall and 44 feet across. They are lit by approximately 900 60-watt bulbs.
- The Foshay Tower was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
- In January of 1981, a huge yellow ribbon was put around the Tower to welcome home the hostages from Iran. February 13, 1981 was designated as “Yellow Ribbon Day” in Minnesota.
- In 1987, the Foshay Tower was adorned with a 50-foot by 50-foot banner (the largest ever installed on a high-rise office building) congratulating the Minnesota Twins for their championship year.
- In 2008, the renovated Foshay Tower reopened as the W Minneapolis - The Foshay, a 229 room hotel featuring