Soo Line Building

You can read about the history and designation of the Soo Line Building historic landmark.

First National Bank






Address: 105 Fifth Street South

Neighborhood: Downtown West

Construction Date: 1914-15

Contractor: Thompson & Starrett Company

Architect: Robert Gibson

Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival

Historic Use: Commercial – Offices

Current Use: Commercial – Offices

Date of Local Designation: 1996

Date of National Register Designation: N/A

Area of Significance: Architecture, Industry

Period of Significance: 1900-

Historic Profile: At the time of its completion in 1915, the First National Soo Line Building was the tallest building in Minneapolis. Standing 19 stories tall, it represented a powerful symbol of corporate wealth and civic pride in Minneapolis. The building was a collaboration between two of the City’s most successful companies: the First National Bank and the Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Sault Ste. Marie Railway (the Soo Line), for their corporate offices. Heavily influenced by the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, architect Robert Gibson used techniques from the Les Ecole des Beaux-Arts to design the Soo Line Building. Representing a return to classicism in architecture, the Soo Line Building stands out as one of the few tall buildings to incorporate Second Renaissance Revival details. With the exception of a second story skyway addition, the architectural integrity of the exterior remains intact.

Photo Credits:

1915, Norton and Peel, courtesy of The Minnesota Historical Society

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Updated: February 2007

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