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 Front of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2013.

Front of B’nai Israel Synagogue

Front of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2008.

Color image of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2013.

B’nai Israel Synagogue

B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2008.

Color image of Ada Village Hall, c.1998.

Ada Village Hall

Ada Village Hall, c.1998.

Ada Village Hall

The Ada Village Hall served as the center for local government in Ada for over a century. It was an important public meeting hall and social facility through the 1970s. Architecturally, the building is an excellent example of the combined city hall and fire hall buildings that were constructed in Minnesota during the early 1900s.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Jewish Home for the Aged, 1554 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, c.1960.

Jewish Home for the Aged, 1554 Midway Parkway

The exterior of the Jewish Home for the Aged, 1554 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, c.1960.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Jewish Home for the Aged, 1554 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, 1956.

Jewish Home for the Aged on Midway

The exterior of the Jewish Home for the Aged, 1554 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, 1956. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Jewish Home for the Aged, 1554 Midway Parkway, St. Paul

The exterior of the Jewish Home for the Aged, 1554 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, 1948. Photograph by the St. Paul Dispatch & Pioneer Press.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Jewish Home for the Aged in St. Paul, c.1925.

Jewish Home for the Aged, St. Paul

The exterior of the Jewish Home for the Aged in St. Paul, c.1925. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Black and white photograph of the first Jewish Home for the Aged building at 75 Wilkin Street, c.1908.

Original Jewish Home for the Aged building

The first Jewish Home for the Aged building at 75 Wilkin Street, c.1908. Image taken from Jewish Home for the Aged: First Annual Report, 1908–1909. St. Paul: Enterprise Printing Co., [1909].

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