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Wilbur Foshay house, Minneapolis, Minnesota by Tom Nelson

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Taken by
Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Explore score
0.43 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 30, 2013
Date taken
Jul 27, 2013
architectural, experimental

Wilbur Foshay was a colorful business tychoon whose Foshay Tower was among the first skyscrapers in the United States. His house on the west shore of Lake Calhoun was built as the Foshay Tower was being built and was situated so he could see the tower from his bedroom window.

Suspiciously, the house uses some of the same construction materials (steel I-beam floor joists, carved exotic hardwood) that were used in the tower. The tower was dedicated with a lavish two-day celebration. Foshay commissioned John Phillips Sousa to compose a "Foshay Tower March" for the festival. Unfortunately for Foshay, his timing was terrible. The tower opened six weeks before the market crash that began the Great Depression. Foshay went bankrupt, Sousa's check bounced, and Foshay was found to have fraudulently oversold shares in the tower. He spent three years in federal prison. He spent the last years of his life as a tourism promoter in Colorado, where he publicized (among other things) the "fur-bearing trout" of the town of Salida.

This pano is made as a 5-shot HDR and processed using HDR Expose 3 software.

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