How Architecture Has Shaped the State

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.

Tripp, Alice Raatama (1918‒2014)

A self-proclaimed “jumper-inner,” Alice Tripp made her mark as a grassroots activist and self-taught farmer. She was a key leader of a movement opposing the CU Powerline, which began construction on western Minnesota farmland in the early 1970s. Tripp went on to steer a surprisingly successful gubernatorial campaign, and even briefly tried her luck in the 1980 presidential election.

Photograph of Harmony Opera House auditorium, 1909

Harmony Opera House Auditorium

Interior of the Harmony Opera House in Harmony, Minnesota. Photograph by Carl Robert Moen, ca. 1909.

Picture of the old Harmony Opera House, 2018.

Harmony Opera House

Description: The Harmony Opera House (now the Old Legion Hall) Harmony, Minnesota. Photograph by Amy Jo Hahn, 2018

Harmony Opera House

Built in 1909, the Harmony Opera House was used for a wide range of activities. It provided a venue for dances, high school graduation ceremonies, political debates, local organization gatherings, and music and theatre performances. In 2018, it is an Old Legion Hall event-rental facility.

Photograph of Old Main Hall

Old Main Hall

St. Olaf College’s Old Main Hall. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user Jonathunder, April 30, 2015. GNU free documentation license 1.2.

St. Olaf College campus winter panorama

St. Olaf College campus winter panorama

View of Old Main and Steensland library from tennis courts, 1902. Courtesy of the St. Olaf College Archives, Northfield.

Photograph of side exterior of Greenfield Lutheran Church

Greenfield Lutheran Church, Harmony, Minnesota

Side exterior of Greenfield Lutheran Church, Harmony, Minnesota, 2018.
Photograph by Amy Jo Hahn, 2018. Used with the permission of Amy Jo Hahn.

Photograph of Back exterior of Greenfield Lutheran Church, Harmony, Minnesota

Greenfield Lutheran Church, Harmony, Minnesota

Back exterior of Greenfield Lutheran Church, Harmony, Minnesota. Photograph by Amy Jo Hahn, 2018. Used with the permission of Amy Jo Hahn.

Photograph of Greenfield Lutheran Church, circa 1973

Greenfield Lutheran Church, Harmony, Minnesota

Exterior of the larger Greenfield Lutheran Church, dedicated in 1913. Harmony, Minnesota, ca. 1973.

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