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View Poll Results: how would you rate the WFC in Minneapolis?
10 50 19.31%
9.5 27 10.42%
9 31 11.97%
8.5 21 8.11%
8 42 16.22%
7.5 22 8.49%
7 34 13.13%
6.5 5 1.93%
6 12 4.63%
5.5 2 0.77%
5 5 1.93%
4.5 0 0%
4 1 0.39%
3.5 1 0.39%
3 or less 6 2.32%
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Old September 26th, 2002, 07:00 AM   #1
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#188 l Wells Fargo Center l MINNEAPOLIS l 235m l 57fl

Wells Fargo Center
Minneapolis, USA


HEIGHT: 235m/771 feet
FLOORS: 57 floors
COMPLETION: 1988
ARCHITECT: Kendall Heaton Associates and Cesar Pelli & Associates

Formerly known as Norwest Center

Rising from the ashes of the 1982 fire that destroyed the old Northwestern National Bank Building, the Norwest Center reaches 57 stories above Minneapolis, and is perhaps the city's best skyscraper. Even though this is a product of the 1980's, it keeps the traditional art deco feel of the first batch of American skyscrapers churned out 50 years earlier like Rockefeller Center in New York (see also Chrysler Building, New York and Carew Tower, Cincinnati). Entering the building leaves you in an immense pedestrian zone ("Gaviidae Common") with a a 100-foot-tall dome looming above you -- a grand act paying homage to the architecture of ancient times, yet concealed from the outside by a thoroughly modern building. While the Norwest Center was originally intended to be the tallest building in Minneapolis, a redesign brought its total high to several inches under the IDS Center. Nevertheless, the building is a source of great pride for people living in the city. At night floodlights illuminate the tower at each of the building's setbacks.













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Old September 26th, 2002, 10:49 AM   #2
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7/10

Its not ugly. But from afar, a bit drab. Very corporate looking.
Reminds me of GE Building in New York.

I like the details in the close up shot. What are those spikes on the roof?
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Old September 26th, 2002, 11:08 AM   #3
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This building is very unique that it is slim with setbacks, and that it glows gold at night. This building was actually put into a contest for a project versus Key Tower in Cleveland. But instead, this was built in Minneapolis to replace the high-rise that burned to the ground on Independence Day in 1982.

8/10
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Old September 26th, 2002, 04:46 PM   #4
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8.5. Reminds me of a stretched out Key Tower without the crown for some reason.
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Old September 26th, 2002, 07:28 PM   #5
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a 7 because US Bankplace in Minneapolis is much better!
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Old September 26th, 2002, 08:30 PM   #6
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Man, tough crowd. One of my favorite PoMo highrises in America, and definitely one of my favorites of Pelli's work...

8.5/10
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Old September 26th, 2002, 10:22 PM   #7
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Not my favourite style but a decent building overall.

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Nice green city btw
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Old September 29th, 2002, 03:35 AM   #8
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The second best in Minnesota. 10/10!
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Old September 29th, 2002, 04:07 AM   #9
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9.5 / 10 - I'm a big fan of Rockafeller, and this is no exception

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Old September 29th, 2002, 05:35 AM   #10
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nice, elegant . . .it gives a good balance to Minneapolis! 7/10
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Old September 29th, 2002, 07:10 AM   #11
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i like the little spikes at the top
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Old October 2nd, 2002, 06:33 AM   #12
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8/10. Like that style.
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Old October 3rd, 2002, 06:30 AM   #13
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You gotta see this one in person, at night, to truly appreciate it. Even nighttime pictures don't do it justice.....
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Old October 3rd, 2002, 06:45 AM   #14
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yes I agree, reminds me of the Rockerfeller Center in NYC..i like it, modern but has that older skyscraper style....8.5/10
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Old October 4th, 2002, 11:33 PM   #15
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I don't much care for the coloring of it, but overall I think the building has a nice look to it, so I gave it a 7.5.
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Old October 5th, 2002, 12:03 AM   #16
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Very nice, stands out well

7.5/10
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Old November 25th, 2002, 02:28 PM   #17
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Reminds me of a similar looking building in Charlotte , but this one is certainly a damn good looking tower , nearly Art Deco like , an 9
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Old December 3rd, 2002, 12:10 PM   #18
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Not bad, its pretty nice actually. 7.5/10
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Old December 3rd, 2002, 12:23 PM   #19
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8.5. Nice shape, and it looks quite good up close.
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Old January 5th, 2003, 06:04 AM   #20
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Not bad
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