Guthrie Theater

Schweiss Doors

It’s seems only fitting that the one-of-a-kind Guthrie Theater in Minneapols, MN should have a bifold door just as unique. And in the case of the 285,000 sq. ft. Guthrie, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the door is not really a door. It’s instead a 17’ x 16’ operable window built into the side of the theater’s Endless Bridge, an observation platform that cantilevers 178’ outward from the theater’s fourth floor lobby on the Mississippi River side to provide spectacular views of the historic river valley, St. Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge and the Mill Ruins Park.

The door was designed by W.J. Higgins & Associates of Wausau, WI, and fabricated by Schweiss Doors of Fairfax, MN. It employs groundbreaking hydraulic technology to offer the theater’s guests a breathtaking view of the adjacent Mississippi River.

About Schweiss Doors

Schweiss-logoSchweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors. Doors are custom made to any size for any type of new or existing building for architects and builders determined to do amazing things with their buildings, including the doors. Schweiss also offers a cable to liftstrap conversion package. To learn more, visit or

And to learn about Schweiss' new Build Your Own Door Kit, which gives customers the plans and essential components to build their own Schweiss Doors, visit

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