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Metropolitan Building,308 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Built in 1890, demolished in 1961, The Northwestern Guaranty Loan building, was later known as The Metropolitan Building. The materials used were red granite from Superior, Minnesota and green limestone from New Hampshire. At twelve stories, it was the tallest building in Minneapolis. The building was designed for elegance and opulence with an open central "light court" with opaque glass floors and ornate wrought iron railings and elevator cages. The Metropolitan remained standing at the edge of the downtown Gateway District until December 1961 when it was demolished after a campaign to save it was lost at the Minnesota State Supreme Court. Architectural historian, Larry Millett, wrote about the destruction of The Metropolitan Building in his 1992 book, Lost Twin Cities. In November 2018 his book devoted to the building, Metropolitan Dreams, was published by the University of Minnesota Press.

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