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 the exterior of of the Phyllis Wheatley House, 1931.

Exterior view of the Phyllis Wheatley House

Exterior view of the Phyllis Wheatley House, 1931.

Cottage on Isle Royale used by the Andrews family

Cottage on Isle Royale used by the Andrews family

Balloon-frame cottage on Isle Royale used by Arthur C. and Mary Hunt Andrews and their children, including Frances Andrews, in the early twentieth century. Photographed in 2011. Used courtesy of Isle Royale National Park.

Black and white photograph of the Tribune Building, Fourth Street and First Avenue South, Minneapolis, 1887.

Tribune Building, Fourth Street and First Avenue South, Minneapolis

The Tribune Building, 1887. The building housed the Svenska Folkets Tidning and was lost to a fire in 1889.

Color postcard of the Svenska Amerikanska Posten building, ca. 1935.

Svenska Amerikanska Posten building

Postcard of the Svenska Amerikanska Posten building, ca. 1935.

Color image of the Como Park Conservatory in St Paul, 2006.

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (Como Park Conservatory)

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (Como Park Conservatory) in St Paul, 2006.

Color pencil drawing of the conservatory by Virginia M. Polster, 1991.

Pencil drawing of the conservatory

Pencil drawing of the conservatory by Virginia M. Polster, 1991.

Black and white photograph of restoration work on the Conservatory, 1990.

Restoration work on the Conservatory

Restoration work on the Conservatory, 1990.

Black and white photograph of Como Conservatory exterior, 1964.

Como Conservatory exterior

Como Conservatory exterior, 1964.

Black and white photograph of hailstorm damage on Conservatory roof, 1962.

Hailstorm damage on Conservatory roof

Hailstorm damage on Conservatory roof, 1962.

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