Address: 616 3rd Street South
Neighborhood: Downtown East
Construction Date: 1910
Architect: Kees and Colburn
Architectural Style: Chicago Commercial
Current Use: Commercial - Offices
Date of Local Designation: 1977
Date of National Register Designation: 1977
Area(s) of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1900-
Historic Profile: The strong influence of Louis Sullivan, great modern American architect, is apparent in the design of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company building. The design, accomplished through sparse and simple ornamentation, makes it an uncommon industrial building in Minneapolis. The architects, Kees and Colburn, followed Sullivan’s work and committed themselves to his design philosophies for many of their large-scale commissions. Of these, the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company building is unique in its sense of monumental dignity and permanence through highly restrained handling of ornamentation. The building is seven stories in height and has a simple cubiform structure historically designed for the dual purpose of retail and production.
1924, Robert P. Gibson, courtesy of The Minnesota Historical Society
2006, Minneapolis CPED
"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," December 1976.
Updated: February 2007