Rand Tower

You can read about the history and designation of the Rand Tower historic landmark.






Address: 527-529 Marquette Avenue

Neighborhood: Downtown West

Construction Date: 1929

Contractor: C.F. Haglin & Sons, Inc.

Architect: Holabird and Root

Architectural Style: Moderne

Historic Use: Commercial - Offices

Current Use: Commercial - Offices

Date of Local Designation: 1994

Date of National Register Designation: 1994

Area(s) of Significance: Architecture

Period of Significance: 1900-

Historic Profile: Built in 1929, the Rand Tower helped define the Minneapolis skyline for many years. Standing 26 stories tall, the stepped skyscraper was designed by the nationally recognized firm of Holabird and Root. Their work on the Rand Tower exemplifies the Art Moderne skyscraper style in massing, plan, and architectural detail. Constructed of cut Indiana Bedford limestone with a base of Quincy granite, the structure was built by the Minneapolis firm of C.F. Haglin and Sons, Inc. at a cost exceeding $130,000. The Art Moderne design is carried into the building’s interior. The Terrazzo floors of the lobby are inlaid with star and crescent shaped ornament and a large starburst which marks the intersection of the main lobby and the elevator bank lobby. Other distinctive features of the lobby include a large silver sculpture, a curving staircase, and decorative elevators.

Photo Credits:

1929, Norton and Peel, courtesy of The Minnesota Historical Society

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

City of Minneapolis, "Local Heritage Preservation Designation Study," August 1981.

Updated: February 2007

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