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.

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.

Color image of the Lower Sioux Agency Warehouse, 2012

Lower Sioux Agency Warehouse

The Lower Sioux Agency warehouse, 2012. Photographed by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever on August 31, 2012.

Black and white photograph of the Ranger Residence at the Marcell Ranger Station, 1940.

Ranger's Dwelling at Marcell Ranger Station

The Ranger Residence at the Marcell Ranger Station, 1940.

Black and white photograph of the Marcell Ranger Station, c.1994.

Marcell Ranger Station

The Marcell Ranger Station, c.1994.

Marcell Ranger Station

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) between 1934 and 1935, the Marcell Ranger Station exemplifies the core principles of the National Park Service's architectural philosophy: minimalist construction and use of native materials.

Color postcard image of the Winona Masonic Temple, 1910.

Masonic Temple, Winona

Winona Masonic Temple, 1910.

Color image of the Winona Masonic Temple, c.1998.

Winona Masonic Temple

Winona Masonic Temple, c.1998.

Winona Masonic Temple

Built in 1909, the Winona Masonic Temple with its large public ballroom and other meeting rooms was an important center of social and civic activity in the city. It continues to serve Winona in the twenty-first century.

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