A Look Back in History
The story of Rand Tower Hotel begins in 1929, at the dawn of America’s post-Great Depression boom era. A decorated WWI aviator and scion of the family behind the earliest days of Minnegasco, Rufus Rand Jr. was one of Minnesota’s favorite sons. After earning the distinguished Croix de Lafayette for his legendary aeronautical escapades during the war, he returned to his Minnesota home to make his fortune after the armistice. Rand Tower was built as a result of his investment in his beloved home state’s post-war infrastructure efforts.
As one of Minneapolis’ earliest skyscrapers, Rand Tower served as an architectural icon that defined the city’s skyline in the early part of the 20th century. Its clean lines and art deco design were simultaneously of the era and forward-looking, and have truly stood the test of time. Much of the building’s original design has been lovingly maintained and preserved for nearly a century, helping to secure it a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
As Rufus Rand was no ordinary man, we are no ordinary hotel. Our space within the Rand Tower is a modern marvel — the result of a meticulous multi-million-dollar renovation effort that both preserves the Roaring Twenties sophistication of the space and adds decidedly modern touches. Just as our building rises head and shoulders above our neighbors, our service, comfort and amenities raise the bar on accommodation. We pay close attention to fine detail just as stringently as did the original artists who hand-crafted the façade of the structure we inhabit.
From the creativity of our culinary program to the delicate balance of our timeless ambiance and modern amenities, Rand Tower Hotel goes beyond the expected to seek out the exceptional — just as our namesake once did.