Jeffy sez -
The view from my office has improved quite a bit lately. The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis has moved into a spiffy new home on the bank of the Mississippi just down from my office. What used to be a parking lot is now filled with an amazing new building:
They had an open house of sorts today and invited the public in to check the place out. We stopped by and had a look around. It is really a beautiful building. Here is the view from the other side:
If you want to see more pics, including shots of the interior, the Guthrie has a slideshow on their website.
As you can see from the rear view of the building, it has a long bridge (they call it an 'endless bridge') that extends over River Road, but goes nowhere (the similar-looking bridge on the front side is just a skyway to a parking ramp). It thrusts from the side of the building with no external support. The bridge has windows along its length, and an open balcony at its end that provide panoramic views of the river and the city around it.
I got to watch as the building went up and saw the massive structure that had to be built into the wall to be able to support such a bridge. Luckily, a theater doesn't need many windows, because with all of the steel bracing in that wall there isn't room for many, and only small ones at that.
I don't know when we'll get to see a show in this new theater - at this point our theater patronage is confined to the Minneapolis Children's Theater - but I look forward to it. In the meantime it makes a nice addition to the sights that can be seen on my occasional lunchtime walks.