Falling glass

We don’t usually see traffic jams outside the World Headquarters of News Cut, but we had one this afternoon for about 10 minutes.

The problem? Falling glass from the Wells Fargo building at Seventh and Cedar in St. Paul.


MPR’s Tom Weber was the Tommy-on-the-spot photographer.

Pat Skinner, the general manager of the building, said the window, which cracked over the weekend, fell while workers were attempting to remove it today.

Weber’s picture reminded us of Boston’s Hancock Tower by architect I.M. Pei, which was bedeviled by its inability to retain glass in its all-glass structure when it was built in the ’70s, earning the nickname “the plywood palace.”