EXPLORE THE FOSHAY TOWER OBSERVATION DECK DURING YOUR NEXT VISIT TO MINNEAPOLIS. THE FOSHAY TOWER WAS THE FIRST SKYSCRAPER BUILT IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND REMAINED THE TALLEST BUILDING IN MINNEAPOLIS FROM 1929-1972. THE FOSHAY TOWER IS SIGNIFICANT TO MINNEAPOLIS AND THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AS A UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND ENGINEERING.
FASHION | MUSIC | DESIGN
Party like it's 1929
Twenty-five thousand guests were invited to the grand affair, much of the guest list being cabinet members, senators and congressmen. Semi-nude dancers entertained the guests who sported gold pocketwatches as party favor gifts.
The night of the grand opening, John Philip Sousa conducted "Foshay Tower-Washington Memorial March" in which he wrote for the occasion. The march was only played once during Foshay's lifetime. Ignominiously, Foshay's check to Sousa bounced, and in retaliation, Sousa prohibited the playing of the march. It wasn't until 1988 when a group of Minnesota investors repaid Foshay's debt to Sousa's estate that the march was permitted to be played in public again.
Designed in the image of the Washington Monument, The Foshay Tower features luxurious African mahogany woodwork, Italian marble, terrazzo and door knobs plated in gold. The ceilings are decorated in silver and gold and ornamental bronze also is placed throughout the tower.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Named after Wilbur Foshay, the original owner and builder
- The Foshay Tower was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
- In 2008, the renovated Foshay Tower reopened as W Minneapolis - The Foshay
MINNEAPOLIS' SPEAKEASY WITH THE BEST VIEW
Take a step back into the past and head up to the 27th floor of the Foshay Tower to Prohibition Bar. Get a taste of what life was like in the 1920s. Originally intended to be Wilbur Foshay’s private, full-floor retreat, this speakeasy in the sky seduces with superb cocktails, 360º views, and a breathtaking design.
Also available for private event rental. Schedule an event today.
Prohibition Bar is closed on Sunday. The Museum and Deck are closed New Years, New Year’s Day, Easter Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25th.