Minneapolis’ iconic Foshay Tower was completed in 1929, months before the stock market crash. The ornate obelisk was the dream of businessman Wilbur Foshay, and included a Foshay's residence on the 27th and 28th floors, which Foshay never occupied. Foshay's empire went into receivership months after the grand opening, at which John Philip Sousa conducted the "Foshay Tower-Washington Memorial March", which he had composed in honor of the occasion. Unfortunately, Foshay's check to the composer bounced, and Sousa prohibited the March from being performed until such time as the debt was satisfied. (A group of investors repaid Sousa's estate in 1988, and the March is once again permitted to be performed.)
Foshay was later convicted of conducting a pyramid scheme. During his first trial, which failed to reach a verdict, one of the jurors had failed to disclose that she had previously worked for Foshay. The juror was convicted of contempt of court, and her case was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision which is still cited.
Since 2008, the Foshay Tower is the W Minneapolis Hotel. You can make a reservation at this Minneapolis landmark by following the link below.
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