SOUVENIR BUILDING COLLECTORS SOCIETY
2013 Convention - MINNEAPOLIS
SBCS 2013 - Minneapolis
Venue: Foshay Tower, Downtown Minneapolis
June 21 -23rd
Collect monuments? Of
course! Ever slept in a monument? You’ll have the opportunity
this year as the site of this year’s convention is the Art Deco Landmark Foshay Tower. The Washington Monument
served as its inspiration when it was built in 1929. As guests, you can use your
key card the rooftop museum for panoramic views - 447 feet above the street. The hotel is also centrally
located, in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.
Tom and I have planned an exciting weekend. For those arriving early
enough on Friday, we are offering two exciting tours in the afternoon.
Tom Malone is using his business contacts to gain access to several downtown
buildings - the US Bank/Capella tower, as well as the Cesar Pelli’s Wells Fargo Center. He will be conducting this
two hour tour, near the hotel environs.
Having worked for the Guthrie Theater, the largest repertoire theater, for over 15 years myself, I have arranged
for an architectural tour of the new theater - designed b
y Jean Nouvel.
It has a sky bridge overlooking the Mississippi River. Great for
Dinner is on your own; I will include a restaurant sheet with your registration
Friday night gives us the opportunity to see Tom Malone’s collection in Hamel (an
outer suburb). There will be a ‘Ride Board’ at the Welcome Table to facilitate pairing up those who can drive
and those who may need a ride.
Saturday starts at the hotel with the business meeting and the ever popular Swap
Meet. Then early
afternoon a trolley will take us on a guided architecture tour. Since we are two cities, this is
the easiest way to see the most amount of buildings. The list includes the State
Capitol, the St Paul Cathedral, Landmark Center, a drive past historic Summit Avenue, with one of the largest
displays of Victorian mansions, the JJ HIll Mansion, Frank Gehry’s Weisman Museum, the Guthrie and the Walker Art
Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Mid-afternoon you are free to explore all my hometown has to offer---take in one of
museums, stroll around one of our urban lakes, take the light rail to historic Fort Snelling, beautiful Minnehaha
Falls or Mall of America. There are countless possibilities.
This will be followed by a cocktail hour, dinner and for me, what is the big
Sunday you’ll cross the mighty Mississippi to my house for brunch and viewing of my
house is a convenient 10 mile drive to the airport.
Minnesota weather in June ranges from mid. 70’s during the day and lows in the
50’s. We can
have bouts of humidity so I would pack accordingly.
MSP is our airport, which is serviced by most major airlines as well as our hometown
charter, Sun Country. Light Rail runs every 10-15 minutes to Downtown, $2.75/1.75 off peak - but the hotel is 5 blocks
from the Nicollet Mall Station.
Super Shuttle costs $15 - 800-258-3826. Taxi rides run approximately
$40. There is also an Enterprise
rental office(612-677-1319) two blocks from the hotel,
if you wish to do a short term rental.
The hotel in the Foshay is a ‘W’ hotel; part of the SPG group of
the SBCS to get the special rate of $129
Foshay phone numbers are 612-215-3700 or toll free
877-946-8357. Their address is 821 Marquette Avenue Minneapolis MN
55402. Please book by May 30th. If driving, please note the
Foshay only offers valet parking but there are nearby parking ramps, if you wish to
For those wanting to send their buildings ahead:
7108 31st Avenue North
New Hope MN 55427
My work phone is 763-512-5186.
Watch Facebook’s Souvenir Building Collectors Society webpage for more background on
the Twin Cities.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon. If you have questions, please feel free to
email me at