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About IDS Center

Heralded by the New York Times as “one of the finest skyscrapers built in any American City”, IDS Center is more than a landmark, it is the centerpiece of the downtown Minneapolis skyline. World renowned architect Philip Johnson completed this award winning architecture in 1972 and it remains one of the most prominent properties west of the Mississippi River. Containing over 2 million SF, IDS Center’s mixed-use post-modern design is comprised of a 57-story office tower with an 8-story annex, 2-story retail center and the 19-story four diamond, Marquette Hotel (owned/operated by Hilton Properties), all surrounding an enclosed indoor 8-story, 24,000 SF Crystal Court.

IDS Center is located at the core of the skyway system for the Minneapolis Central Business District (CBD) and boasts the highest traveled skyways. The Crystal Court is the social networking hub/crossroads of the business and commerce for the CBD.

The IDS Center Crystal Court is an indoor urban park featuring a 105-foot cascading water fountain, 18 black olive trees, 68 white benches with retail amenities adorning the perimeter:  4 casual/white tablecloth restaurants, various retailers; such as Banana Republic, Gap/GapKids, Starbucks and Hubert White, a fine men’s clothier; five banks, convenience store, professional dry cleaners, Rocco Altobelli hair salon, Love From Minnesota gift shop, T-Mobile store, Fedex Kinko’s, climate-controlled public parking and shoe shine. The recently installed, 29-foot interactive kiosk and clock tower allows Crystal Court visitors to obtain real-time information on community events, property historical information, current traffic conditions and local/national weather, all serving as a reminder of IDS Center’s significance in the Twin Cities.  Upon the completion of the IDS Center, its widespread impact generated the slogan, “a property so impressive, they built a city around it”.

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