Crystal Court Renovation

Tasteful refresh breathes life into IDS Center courtyard in downtown Minneapolis

The welcome but subtle changes to Crystal Court are a towering achievement.  By Rick Nelson, Star Tribune  MARCH 28, 2022 The remodeled Crystal Court in downtown Minneapolis’ IDS Center. COREY GAFFER PHOTOGRAPHY At first glance, the recently remade IDS Crystal Court doesn’t appear all that different. The key components — trees, seating, water — are still there. But take a closer look. “It was like pulling the …

Downtown Minneapolis’ office market is waking up

By Dylan Thomas, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal July 22, 2021 For anyone looking to gauge the downtown office market’s ability to rebound from the pandemic and last summer’s civil unrest, there may be no more important date upcoming than Tuesday, Sept. 7. Several major Minneapolis employers, including U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo & Co., set the first workday after the Labor Day weekend …

After modern renovations, IDS Center’s Crystal Court reopens

By Kelly Busche July 22, 2021 Local leaders celebrated the reopening of the IDC Center’s Crystal Court. Renovations to the urban park included a new infinity pool, updated trees and seating, and the removal of the waterfall. (Submitted photo) The $5 million renovation of the IDS Center’s Crystal Court has brought modern features to the iconic urban park, which project leaders hope …

IDS Center Celebrates Grand Reopening of the Crystal Court

 KIM ESLINGER  IDS Center Celebrates Grand Reopening of the Crystal Court Via a July 22 Press Release from ICR: Accesso, a fully integrated investment manager and operator of multi-tenant office buildings and multifamily properties, today unveiled the newly renovated Crystal Court, Minneapolis’ central gathering place at the famed IDS Center. The grand reopening ceremony featured remarks from Mayor Jacob Frey and Steve Cramer, President and CEO …

Spiffed-up atrium at IDS Center reopens with ‘more serenity,’ cozier places to lounge as workers trickle back to downtown Minneapolis

In its first overhaul in more than two decades, the Crystal Court underwent an eight-month, $5-million makeover.  By Dee DePass Star Tribune JULY 21, 2021 — 11:01PM After eight months of construction and a $5 million makeover, IDS Center is rolling out a jazzy new welcome mat for returning office workers. The building's expansive Crystal Court urban park in the heart of downtown Minneapolis has undergone …

Crystal Court, the heart of Minneapolis for almost 50 years, gets some TLC

The Crystal Court in the IDS Center is getting its first upgrade since 1998.  By James Lileks Star Tribune MARCH 12, 2021 — 11:07AM It's rare to find the interior of a 50-year-old building unaltered. Styles change, tastes change. Classic motifs from the 1920s would have looked aged and stuffy by the 1970s. The thought of a '70s interior — brown, ferns, exposed wood that gave …

Local artists’ work featured during IDS’ Crystal Court makeover

By Pamela Espeland | columnist Alex Smith, textiles and screen printing lab lead and free wall instructor, leverages graffiti to explore the story that has yet to be written about this space and its future. The IDS Center’s famed Crystal Court is undergoing a $5 million makeover. The white benches will be replaced by modular boulder-shaped seating (not quite like the big gray “rocks” …