IDS Center planning $5 million renovation to Crystal Court

By Nick Halter  – Senior Reporter/Broadcaster, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal Oct 6, 2020, The owner of IDS Center is planning a renovation to Crystal Court at the base of the iconic downtown Minneapolis tower. The 23,000-square-foot “urban park” will get an 800-square-foot reflecting pool with a 40-foot granite seating ledge and infinity edge. New trees will grow as tall as 24 feet, …

Archives of an architecture firm reveal a Minneapolis that was never built

Ed Baker's drawings and models of past projects give us a glimpse of what might have been.  By James Lileks Star Tribune SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 — 3:48PM Ed Baker: You might not know the name, but you’ve probably walked through one of his buildings. According to a 1990 profile in the Star Tribune, “few people had done so much to shape downtown Minneapolis” as the architect …

New IDS Center tenant lounge towers above the others

The owner of downtown’s IDS Center skyscraper used a valuable piece of office space for a new tenant lounge, and the result is a hangout for tenants that has higher views than any competitor. IDS Tower Club’s 6,200-square-foot lounge is on the 41st floor of the city’s tallest building. Since the skyscraper has unnumbered floors and several 12-foot ceilings, the club …

Nordstrom Rack opens in the IDS Center Thursday

The downtown Minneapolis retail market gets a sorely needed lift Thursday when Nordstrom Rack opens in the IDS Center. The Nicollet Mall location becomes Seattle-based Nordstrom's 224th Rack outlet store, as the company's off-price stores continue to outperform full-line Nordstrom department stores.

Bank of America pushes into Twin Cities

Now with a branch in downtown Minneapolis, the industry giant steps up its presence in area dominated by Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank. Bank of America is making a run at building a business in the heart of Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank country. The nation’s second-largest bank just opened a new branch in the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis, is beefing …