Seventh Street skyway, built in 1963, as it looked in 2013. The Seventh Street skyway, which opened on June 12, 1963, connects the Northstar Center with the Roanoke Building. Photograph by Iric Nathanson, 2013.
In 1962, a local real estate developer named Leslie Park and architect Ed Baker built a covered walkway over Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Park's structure would later be known as a skyway. It was the first link in a system that later spread throughout much of the city's downtown.