The W Hotel describes its downtown Minneapolis home, The Foshay, as 447 feet of “historical chic.”

But Minnesota’s first skyscraper wasn’t always such a vibrant space.

The story of how the 82-year-old building — initially billed as the tallest building between the Mississippi and the West coast — was transformed from an outdated office complex to one of Minneapolis’ most aesthetically interesting buildings is the subject of a panel discussion to be held on Monday, Sept. 19.

“Three Years in the Foshay: Inside the Design of W Minneapolis,” will feature the team responsible for the building’s transformation.

The group includes architects, interior designers and historical consultants who will share the highlights, challenges and inspirations that went into the renovation.

A cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., to be followed by informal tours of the building, including special access to The Foshay Museum and Observation Deck.

Admission is free but space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve a seat, e-mail by Sept. 12.

This event is being held in partnership with yours truly.

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