Construction of the IDS Center began in 1968. The center consists of a 57-story office tower, the 19-story Marquette Hotel, the eight-story Marquette building, three levels of underground parking, several restaurants, commercial spaces and the Crystal Court, a naturally lit indoor plaza. That adds up to about 2.4 million square feet. Building it required 42,614 panes of reflective glass, 90,000 cubic yards of concrete and 15,000 tons of structural steel.
The tower, at 80 8th Street S., is 775 feet (236 meters) high. The architects were Edward F. Baker & Associates and Johnson/Burgee Architects.
Odd and ends about IDS:
- The IDS Tower surpassed the Foshay Tower, the city's tallest building since 1929.
- Though the roof is one foot shorter than the nearby 225 South Sixth building, the IDS Tower supports two telecommunications antennae rising to 910 feet, the highest point in Minneapolis.
- The building formerly housed a public observation deck, but it has been closed since the late 1990s. The only remaining observation deck in the Twin Cities is in the Foshay Tower.
- The zig-zag shape of the tower's floorplan allows for 32 corner offices on every floor.
- Films with scenes shot in the tower or neighboring Crystal Court include "Purple Rain", "Foolin' Around", and "Joe Somebody."
- Midwest Plaza, located directly across 8th Street, was the home of the fictional WJM-TV of the Mary Tyler Moore Show.
- The design evolved out of a circa-1962 12-story headquarters building concept for Investors Diversified Services.
- The architects were recognized with an Honor Award for Design from the American Institute of Architects in 1975.
- The building was featured prominently in the opening sequence for the 1970s sitcom, the Mary Tyler Moore Show.