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 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.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Emanuel Cohen Memorial Center at 1701 Oak Park Avenue in Minneapolis, c.1940.

Emanuel Cohen Center, 1701 Oak Park Avenue, Minneapolis

The exterior of the Emanuel Cohen Memorial Center at 1701 Oak Park Avenue in Minneapolis, c.1940. Photograph by the Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Emanuel Cohen Memorial Center at 909 Elwood Avenue in Minneapolis, 1925.

Emanuel Cohen Memorial Center, 909 Elwood Avenue, Minneapolis

The exterior of the Emanuel Cohen Memorial Center at 909 Elwood Avenue in Minneapolis, 1925.

Color image of Sibley House Historic Site, 2014.

Sibley House Historic Site, Mendota

Sibley House Historic Site, 2014.

Black and white photograph looking northwest across Central Park, St. Paul, c.1900.

Looking northwest across Central Park, St. Paul

Looking northwest across the park, c.1900. The turreted house near the center is, or are, the Hardenbergh and Blood mansions, a double house designed by Clarence H. Johnston. To the right, at the north end of the park is the Uri Lamprey house, which predated the park. The west wing Minnesota Judicial Center now occupies that site.

Black and white photograph of Central Park Place East, with the James Humphrey House and the Gustave Schurmeier rowhouses, c.1900.

Central Park, St. Paul with the James Humphrey House and the Gustave Schurmeier rowhouses

Photograph of Central Park Place East, with the James Humphrey House and the Gustave Schurmeier rowhouses, c.1900.

Black and white photograph of the W. Adams Hardenburgh residence at 665 Central Park Place West in St. Paul, c.1888.

W. Adams Hardenburgh residence

W. Adams Hardenburgh residence at 665 Central Park Place West in St. Paul, c.1888.

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