90 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, located at the north end of downtown Minneapolis along the Mississippi River from Hennepin Avenue to Second Avenue North, was completed in 1997 to house approximately 1,500 employees between the tower offices and low-rise operations center, connected by skyway and tunnel to each other. The address, 90 Hennepin Ave., was selected to signify that the Bank represents the Ninth Federal Reserve District.
The building, designed by the architectural firm of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum of St. Louis, Mo., attempts to convey the stability, security and strength of the Federal Reserve, while preserving the physical and historical significance of the site itself. The design respects the historical Warehouse District to the south and west and the Mississippi River to the north while meeting the functional needs of the Bank.
The four-story operations center was built to accommodate many of the Fed’s services to banks in the Ninth District, for example, check and currency processing. While physical handling of checks is an obsolete operation due to technological advances and fewer checks written, the Minneapolis Fed has become a locus of activity for several Federal Reserve System electronic functions, and 1100 people are currently employed in the two buildings.
The eight-story office tower houses the bank’s officers, research department and administrative functions.
The Minneapolis Fed welcomes adult groups and students, grades 7 and higher, who are studying economics, banking or finance. The tour consists of a general overview of the Federal Reserve and a walk-through of the cash department. The maximum group size is 40 people. Guided tours are available for groups and individuals by appointment.