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Ugliest building in Minneapolis?

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I vote for Centre Villiage. Is it a hotel, a condo, a drive thru bank? And why is the entrance in the alley? And, did they design it from the inside out and forget that is actually has an exterior? YUCK!

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IMO, 33 South Sixth is the ugliest building. It's a tall box that lacks character. It would fit well in Denver's skyline, but it does nothing for Minneapolis.

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IMO, 33 South Sixth is the ugliest building.

..It would fit well in Denver's skyline....

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Ouch! :P

I agree with both of you. Jim Stageberg's Centre Village is hideous and SOM should have stayed out of town with 33 South Sixth.

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Ahh yes --the City Center/Multidfoods tower is not attractive. Up close the concrete used to build it looks like hardened vomit. At least is is so boring it blends into the skyline and just fades away. Here is a photo.

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Although I like the look of Grant Park at the street level, the tower is really busy --and when the top is lit at night it reminds me of the Parthenon or some government memorial.

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Grant Park is totally ridiculous. Like a quaint brownstone that also wants to be a chic highrise. And fails on both. Its sad this is now one of the first buildings people see driving up 35W from the airport.

The Multifoods tower is beyond bland. I had to laugh at a website which described its color as a "rotten meat hue". I agree with the Denver comment.

My vote goes for Block E. What a piece of garbage that whole thing turned out to be. Disgusting.

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Hopefully Grant Park will be blocked by a tower that actually fits in well with the rest of the skyline. I also agree with your statements about Block E.

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Grant Park is totally ridiculous. Like a quaint brownstone that also wants to be a chic highrise. And fails on both.  Its sad this is now one of the first buildings people see driving up 35W from the airport.

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I'm not familiar with driving around Minneapolis, but I'm just wondering, would Skyscape help with this problem once it is built?

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I'm not familiar with driving around Minneapolis, but I'm just wondering, would Skyscape help with this problem once it is built?

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I'm assuming you mean if Skyscape will block out Grant Park from the 35W perspective. My thought is no. It's hard for me to visualize where exactly Skyscape will fall into the skyline from that angle, but I'm thinking it will be off to the side of Grant Park, or maybe even a bit tucked behind. Looks like Grant Park will be sticking out like a wart on a witch's nose for quite some time. Although, there is a plot of land in front of Grant Park that seems to have a condo proposal (not sure) that could hide some it. (Oops, Northstar mentioned that above)

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Skyscape is behind and to the right of Grant Park.

5th Avenue Gateway (20 stories) just got it's funding in order, and will rise directly in front of Grant Park.

Skyscape will eventually be blocked by 1010 Park. 4 buildings, including a 27 and 31 story towers.

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Skyscape is behind and to the right of Grant Park.

5th Avenue Gateway (20 stories) just got it's funding in order, and will rise directly in front of Grant Park.

Skyscape will eventually be blocked by 1010 Park. 4 buildings, including a 27 and 31 story towers.

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When did 5th Avenue Gateway get it's funding?

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This is nitipicking, but I have to mention how much the facade of Panera on Nicollet Mall bugs me. I thought maybe they'd re-work the exterior when they moved in. You walk up there and think "Am I buying a sandwich or going to court?!"

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I dunno exactly. It was in last weeks Skyway News though.

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The Skyway News stated: "Architect/developers say they could have financing within a few weeks."

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I thought I was the only one that thought the Panera was Awful!!! I never minded the colonial fron that has been there for years -- I actually thought it was sorta cute -- and I always thought it would make a great restaurant.

But, that gateway they built to the patio is awful. It is a totally different style and obscures the patio and building --making it dark and scary.

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the brownstone section of the building is actually done quite well.

Agreed. Those actually look sensible, although I'm played out on the whole "new to look old" thing.

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"If they had never built the tower, it would have been a very pleasing building."

If they hadn't built the tower there would be no building.

I don't think the tower is the cat's meow or anything but compared to any other existing (not proposed or under construction) towers in the city, what is better? Just curious since I can't think of any that are even good.

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True, but you can't even compare Grant Park another tower which is it's contemporary (its the first of the condo boom). You'd have to page back to the 70s and 80s towers, which wasn't necessarily a beacon of esthetics. For 2002 Minneapolis, I just think the design was underpar.

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Certainly you can't compare the grant Park tower to a glass one but if i compare it to Loring Green or the Marquette, it just isn't as pleasing -- and those towers are 20 years old. I just think it has too much going on for such a tall building.

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I actually don't think the Multi-Foods tower looks all that bad, at least compared to that new jail (the Crossbar Hilton) they build for downtown a couple years ago. Hardly any windows on that big block of cement next to the court house. I walked by that huge rock, and yes indeed it's definitely "affordable" housing! But no, I'm not interested in renting there, thank you very much... :rofl:

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The ugliest buildings are the apartment buildings just across 35W from downtown... the ones with colors and crap on the windows. They look sooo ghetto.

I'll take a picture next time I drive through.

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Riverside Towers!! :rofl:

Or, as we like to call them, "Ghetto in the Sky."

That is by the UofMn, but is almost entirely made up of East African immigrants and businesses. Lots of folks call that area, "Little Mogadishu." ^_^

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