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.

Bemidji Carnegie Library

Bemidji Carnegie Library

Colorized postcard (undated) featuring Bemidji’s Carnegie library (426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji). Used with the permission of the Beltrami County Historical Society.

Bemidji Carnegie Library

Bemidji Carnegie Library

Bemidji Carnegie Library (426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji). Posted by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever, September 24, 2013. CC BYA-SA 3.0.

Bemidji Carnegie Library

For five decades, Bemidji’s public library operated in a one-story, brick-and-stone neo-classical structure designed by Haxby & Gillespie and built in 1909. It is a well-preserved example of the libraries throughout Minnesota—and the United States—that were financed by Andrew Carnegie.

Tool room in the Ames-Florida-Stork House

Tool room

The tool room in the Ames-Florida-Stork House, 2011. From the photograph collection of the Rockford Area Historical Society. Used with the permission of the Rockford Area Historical Society.

Master bedroom in the Ames-Florida-Stork House

Master bedroom

The master bedroom in the Ames-Florida-Stork House, 2018. From the photograph collection of the Rockford Area Historical Society. Used with the permission of the Rockford Area Historical Society.

Music room in the Ames-Florida-Stork House

Music room

The music room in the Ames-Florida-Stork House, 2018. From the photograph collection of the Rockford Area Historical Society. Used with the permission of the Rockford Area Historical Society.

Boarder's room in the Ames-Florida_Stork House

Boarder's room

The boarder's room in the Ames-Florida-Stork House, 2018. From the photograph collection of the Rockford Area Historical Society. Used with the permission of the Rockford Area Historical Society.

Ames-Florida-Stork House

Ames-Florida-Stork House

The Ames-Florida-Stork House, 2013. From the photograph collection of the Rockford Area Historical Society. Used with the permission of the Rockford Area Historical Society.

Ames-Florida-Stork House

The Ames-Florida-Stork House was completed in 1861 on the banks of the Crow River in Rockford, Minnesota, and was listed on the National Historic Register in 1979. In 1986 the house was sold to the City of Rockford, and the Rockford Area Historical Society was organized to manage the house as a museum. The historical society also runs historical programs, hosts on-site events, and preserves related archives.

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