IDS Tower and Crystal Court, 80 South 8th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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IDS Tower and Crystal Court

Address: 80 Eighth Street S
Neighborhood/s: Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1973
Primary Style: International
Historic Function: Office
Historic Function: Shopping center/mall/strip mall
Other Historic Function: Shopping center/mall/strip mall
Current Function: Office
Current Function: Shopping center/mall/strip mall
Other Current Function: Shopping center/mall/strip mall
Architect or source of design: Phillip Johnson & John Burgee with Edward Baker
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Glass
First Owner: Investor's Diversified Services
Notes: renovated (Crystal Court), HGA, 1998

Downtown Minneapolis Hennepin County

IDS Tower and Crystal Court, 80 South 8th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota
(44.975619° N, 93.272281° WLatitude: 44°58′32.228″N
Longitude: 93°16′20.212″W

Features the trend-setting Crystal Court atrium.



Construction began in 1969 and finished in 1972. A grand opening celebration and symphony ball took place in the crystal court. Much publicity accrued over the span of construction and many important figures including Andy Warhol attended the opening gala. Also in 1993 the two story Woolworth closing store closes replaced by Gap, Banana Republic and other retail stores. The Orion room restaurant and is replaced by Windows on Minnesota. Originally containing an observation deck, the IDS center allowed for beautiful views over the entire city because of its central location. The observation deck was closed in 1993 and converted to office space. The crystal court also went under a minor makeover in 1993 when Shea architectus redirected the lobby’s elevators for greater elegance. They brightened the space though lighting remodel. April of 1994 Bill Clinton holds a rally for his health care campaign in the crystal court.

In 1998 the crystal court was reinstalled and rededicated after local architects HGA designed the 105 foot fountain that falls from the ceiling. They also added olive trees skirted with white benches. This redesign wins an AIA honor award the following year along with a merit award for the environmental improvements they made to the space. Many different restaurants, retail space, and owners have occupied the IDS tower over the years; most significantly the move of the majority of Target Corperation (formerly Dayton Hudson) to its own headquarters in 2002. Also the original owners Ameriprise Financial (formerly Investors Diversified Services) vacated the building in 2000. The building was sold to John Buck Company in 2004 only to be sold again the next year to Inland Real-estate Group, the current owners. Glove University moved into the IDS and opened its doors September of 2008 after a concourse upgrade by twenty below studios. Their renovation is set by the standards Philip Johnson set for maximum natural light. They occupy previous retail space in the basement of the center. In more recent years the IDS has received multiple awards and recognition for its progress in sustainability measures. Massive energy efficiency capital improvements have occurred including a closed loop water system saving 40 million gallons of water per year. The building has received energy star certification for superior energy efficiency. The IDS center won local and regional office building of the year for properties over one million square feet in 2011 and will advance to the International ranking.

Memories and stories


The IDS center truly became a landmark for downtown Minneapolis in the 1970s. Any movie or video footage shot in Minneapolis had to include scenes from the IDS. It attracted people from all over the country and has gathered much recognition over the years.

Since the IDS center opened in the 1970s it has been used as a backdrop for many major motion pictures and television shows. Most notably the introduction scene of the Mary Tyler Moore show where Ms. Moore walks across the Nicollet mall flips her hair and continues through the revolving doors of the crystal court. She is also seen riding up the elevators of the crystal court, eating at the original Basil’s restaurant and the third floor of the Marquette Hotel where the most superb views of the city can be seen.

Also, scenes from the 1990 Mighty Ducks Movie were shot in the crystal court along with a (then) Dayton Hudson meeting room on the 15th floor. Prince also shot scenes for his Purple Rain music video in the crystal court in 1983. A Tim Allen movie, Joe Somebody, includes scenes filmed in Huber White men’s store that were shot in 2000. T he IDS tower was also in the news for more tragic reasons. Three deaths have occurred due to fallings from the tower. Two of these deaths were suicides one in 1996 the other in 2001. Also, an IDS tower worker clearing snow off the roof of the crystal court fell six stories to his death in December of 2007.


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