Southdale Center named among nation’s 10 most influential buildings

Southdale Center has been named one of “Ten Buildings That Changed America,” joining a distinguished list that includes masterworks by Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright and others.

The list was assembled in preparation for a PBS series airing in 2013. The 10 buildings were chosen by a panel of architects and historians.

Southdale’s claim to fame is being the first enclosed shopping mall in America. When the Edina mall opened in 1956, it created a sensation, and became the prototype for hundreds of shopping malls throughout the country.


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New face to grace Nicollet Mall

Plans for an expanded Xcel Energy Inc. headquarters campus in downtown Minneapolis may help a long-standing effort to revitalize a blighted expanse of north Nicollet Mall that stretches to the Mississippi River.

Minnetonka-based Opus Development Corp. released plans Tuesday to build a nine-story office building on the southeast corner of Nicollet Mall and 4th Street. Office space in the new building would be leased to Xcel Energy for roughly half of its 1,500 employees downtown, with the remaining workforce located in the energy company’s headquarters across the street.

Construction is slated to begin in 2014, pending needed approvals, with occupancy expected in 2016.

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An iconic office building near Loring Park is being redeveloped into apartments by the original builder, 88 years later.

A 1920s-era limestone building that was once home to the Northwestern National Life Insurance Co. in Minneapolis is in the midst of a $20 million conversion that will create 75 luxury apartments overlooking Loring Park and the downtown skyline.

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