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.

Color image of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, 2007.

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, 2007.

Black and white photograph of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, 501 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, 1982.

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, 501 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, 1982.

Color image of Dilley Hall, Shattuck-St. Mary's, Faribault, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Dilley Hall, Shattuck-St. Mary's, Faribault

Dilley Hall, Shattuck-St. Mary's, Faribault, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Color image of Platteville Limestone, Church of the Assumption, St. Paul, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Platteville Limestone, Church of the Assumption, St. Paul

Platteville Limestone, Church of the Assumption, St. Paul, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Color image of a Platteville Limestone curve of the Church of the Assumption, St. Paul, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Platteville Limestone, Church of the Assumption

Platteville Limestone curve of the Church of the Assumption, St. Paul, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Color image of an abandoned bridge pier in the Mississippi River, downtown Minneapolis, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Abandoned bridge pier in the Mississippi River, downtown Minneapolis

Abandoned bridge pier in the Mississippi River, downtown Minneapolis, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Color image of the Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior, Faribault, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior, Faribault

Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior, Faribault, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Color image of a Platteville limestone arch, Mill Ruins Park, Minneapolis, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Platteville limestone arch, Mill Ruins Park, Minneapolis

Platteville limestone arch, Mill Ruins Park, Minneapolis, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Color image of a limestone seam under Stone Arch Bridge, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Limestone seam under Stone Arch Bridge

Limestone seam under Stone Arch Bridge, 2016. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

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