Federal Reserve

Image from the Hennepin History Museum’s collection.

Raising a smile

Marquette Plaza was originally built to house the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. This photograph shows construction in early 1971. The Modernist building with its distinctive “smile” required specialized engineering techniques. It was one of the first to use a support system that approximates those found in suspension bridges. Here, you can see the completed main concrete towers, the interior elevator tower and a glimpse into the interior construction of what remains one of Minneapolis’ more distinctive buildings. The Federal Reserve Bank was located here until it relocated in 1997.

Cedar Imboden Phillips serves as executive director of the Hennepin History Museum. Learn more about the museum and its offerings at hennepinhistory.org or 870-1329.