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.

Black and white photograph of Northeast Neighborhood House, 1925.

Early Northeast Neighborhood House

Northeast Neighborhood House, 1925.

Black and white photograph of Drummond Hall, c.1890.

Drummond Hall

Drummond Hall, which later became the Northeast Neighborhood House, c.1890.

Color image of the Northeast Neighborhood House building, 2001.

North East Neighborhood House

The Northeast Neighborhood House building, 2001.

Color image of the main entrance to St. Joseph’s Academy, c.2001.

St. Joseph’s Academy entrance

The main entrance to St. Joseph’s Academy, c.2001. Image courtesy of the archives of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province.

Black and white engraving made in 1863 of the exterior of St. Joseph’s Academy.

Engraving of the exterior of St. Joseph’s Academy

Engraving made in 1863 of the exterior of St. Joseph’s Academy. Image reproduced by Claussen's Studio of St. Paul and used courtesy of the archives of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province.

Black and white photograph of Douglas Lodge, 1913.

Douglas Lodge

Douglas Lodge, 1913. The Itasca State Park lodge was designed by Clarence Johnston and built near Lake Itasca. Its design followed a rustic-style similar to Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park. Photographer unknown.

Black and white photograph of T. & S. Meyer of Park Rapids building Douglas Lodge, 1904.

Building Douglas Lodge, Itasca State Park

T. & S. Meyer of Park Rapids building Douglas Lodge, 1904. Natural materials within Itasca were used in construction. Photograph by Delia Elizabeth Chaney.

Colored print illustrating the home of Ignatius Donnelly in Nininger, Minnesota, 1874.

Residence of Ignatius Donnelly

Colored print illustrating the home of Ignatius Donnelly in Nininger, Minnesota, 1874.

Black and white photograph of the Lower Sioux Agency Building, 1897.

Lower Sioux Agency Building

The Lower Sioux Agency building, 1897. The people standing in the foreground are likely the Knueppels, who converted the building into a dwelling in 1891.

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