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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 Woman Citizen Building, 1917 Minnesota State Fair.

Woman Citizen Building at the 1917 Minnesota State Fair

Woman Citizen Building, 1917 Minnesota State Fair.

Black and white photograph of the Italian American Hall, Eveleth, 1920.

Italian American Hall, Eveleth

Italian American Hall, Eveleth, 1920.

Black and white photograph of a church in Ely, 1913.

Church in Ely

Church in Ely, 1913.

Black and white photograph of Suomalainen Raittiustalo, Virginia, 1910.

Suomalainen Raittiustalo, Virginia

Suomalainen Raittiustalo, Virginia, 1910.

Black and white photograph of the Church of St. Malachy, Clontarf, 1878.

Church of St. Malachy, Clontarf

Church of St. Malachy, Clontarf, 1878.

Black and white photograph of the Minnesota Club at Fourth and Cedar Streets, St. Paul, c.1914.

The Minnesota Club

The Minnesota Club at Fourth and Cedar Streets, St. Paul, c.1914.

Germania Life Insurance Building entrance

The entrance to the Germania Life Insurance Building (later called the Guardian Life Building) in St. Paul, 1890.

Black and white photograph of the he Germania Life Insurance Building (later called the Guardian Life Building), in St. Paul, 1903–1905. Photographed by Charles P. Gibson.

Germania Life Insurance Building

The Germania Life Insurance Building (later called the Guardian Life Building), in St. Paul, 1903–1905. Photographed by Charles P. Gibson.

Black and white photograph of the exterior, L. S. Donaldson Company, 1949. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Exterior, L. S. Donaldson Company

Exterior, L. S. Donaldson Company, 1949. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

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