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-logoBased in Fairfax, MN, Schweiss Doors is a leading manufacturer of bifold and hydraulic one-piece doors, and is an established leader in the design and manufacture of designer and custom doors for all types and sizes of buildings. No door is too small or too big for Schweiss Doors. The company has more than three decades of experience and has sold its doors worldwide. Key markets for the company’s doors are aviation, agriculture, commercial and industrial, but its products have been used in theaters, major league ballparks, homes, exclusive hotels and buildings of all types. 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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