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original antique c.late 1920's framed plaque comprised of an architectural

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all original and intact c. 1929 commemorative display of a vintage architectural rendering and card representing the foshay tower or building in minneapolis, mn. the detailed black and white illustration on yellowed cardstock renders "the thirty-two story foshay tower nearing completion", with the two story ground level structure and the set back tower rising into a clodu sky with no surrounding buildings; on the left of the tower is a small inset picture of the washington monument. diminutive text below the washington monument rendering reads "the washington monument was the inspiration for this 32-story foshay tower. its unique design carried out in modern architecture makes it an outstanding world building". beneath the drawing is a black business card, attached to the plaque via white string, with allover gold letterpressed text. th card reads, "for over eleven years all your money all the time-on time / w.b. foshay co. / incorporated august 31, 1917 / foshay building- minneapolis", beneath this the phrase "controlling and managing public utilities - financing industrials - selling securities of both ..." and a list of cities spanning across the united states. the foshay tower marked a significant landmark locally as an early skyscraper (1929) and the first building to surpass the height of the minneapolis city hall, completed in 1906. the foshay tower, an art deco building at 821 marquette avenue, was designed by leon eugene arnal for magney & tusler, and was completed months before the stock market crash. it was designed to echo the washinton monument, with the sides of the building sloping slightly inward and each floor being slightly smaller than the one below it. the tower was the lifelong dream of wilbur foshay, an art student turned businessman who amassed his fortune by building up three utility company empires.
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