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Three Thousand Years of Building in Minnesota

Expert Essay: Architectural historian Larry Millett, author of Lost Twin Cities and numerous other books, offers a colorful tour of notable Minnesota buildings and building styles, from American Indian burial mounds to Beaux Arts monuments and suburban big boxes.

Plaque in memory of Father Michael J. Casey

Plaque in memory of Father Michael J. Casey

Plaque in the Church of St. Columba (St. Paul) installed in memory of Father Michael J. Casey. Photograph by Paul Nelson, August 16, 2017.

Floor decoration honoring Father Michael J. Casey

Marble floor inserts honoring Father Michael J. Casey

Twin stripes of green marble—said to honor Father Michael J. Casey’s Irish heritage—in the floor leading up to the altar of the Church of St. Columba (St. Paul). Photograph by Paul Nelson, August 16, 2017.

The altar inside the Church of St. Columba

Altar inside the Church of St. Columba

The altar inside the Church of St. Columba (St. Paul). Photograph by Paul Nelson, August 16, 2017.

Interior of the Church of St. Columba

Interior of the Church of St. Columba

Interior of the Church of St. Columba (St. Paul). Photograph by Paul Nelson, August 16, 2017.

Curved western wall of the Church of St. Columba

Curved western wall of the Church of St. Columba

Curved western wall of the Church of St. Columba (St. Paul). Photograph by Paul Nelson, August 16, 2017.

Front entrance to the Church of St. Columba

Front entrance to the Church of St. Columba

Front entrance to the Church of St. Columba (St. Paul). Photograph by Paul Nelson, June 30, 2017.

Cornerstone of the Church of St. Columba

Cornerstone of the Church of St. Columba

Cornerstone of the Church of St. Columba (St. Paul). Photograph by Paul Nelson, June 30, 2017.

Exterior of the original Church of St. Columba

Exterior of the original Church of St. Columba

The exterior of the original Church of St. Columba (St. Paul), ca. 1953.

Archbishop John Gregory Murray

Archbishop John Gregory Murray

John Gregory Murray (center), Archbishop of St. Paul, at the cornerstone dedication of the Church of St. Columba (St. Paul), February 1949. From New Church Dedication Book: A Retrospect of Thirty-Six Years, 1914–1950 (St. Paul: Church of St. Columba, [1950]), page 24.

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