Northern Implement Company

Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company Building

616 3rd Street South in 1924
1924

616 3rd Street South in 2006
2006

Address: 616 3rd Street South

Neighborhood: Downtown East 

Construction Date: 1910

Contractor: Unknown

Architect: Kees and Colburn

Architectural Style: Chicago Commercial

Historic Use: Commercial/ Industrial

Current Use: Commercial - Offices

Date of Local Designation: 1977

Date of National Register Designation: 1977

Area(s) of Significance: Architecture

Period of Significance: 1900-

Historic Profile: The strong influence of Louis Sullivan, great modern American architect, is apparent in the design of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company building. The design, accomplished through sparse and simple ornamentation, makes it an uncommon industrial building in Minneapolis. The architects, Kees and Colburn, followed Sullivan’s work and committed themselves to his design philosophies for many of their large-scale commissions. Of these, the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company building is unique in its sense of monumental dignity and permanence through highly restrained handling of ornamentation. The building is seven stories in height and has a simple cubiform structure historically designed for the dual purpose of retail and production.

Photo Credits:

1924, Robert P. Gibson, courtesy of The Minnesota Historical Society

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," December 1976.

Updated: February 2007

Last updated Mar. 29, 2012