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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 Shattuck School, Faribault, c.1949. The arch and Shumway, designed in 1886, and Morgan Refectory designed in 1888.

Shattuck School, Faribault

Shattuck School, Faribault, c.1949. The arch and Shumway, designed in 1886, and Morgan Refectory designed in 1888.

Color image of the Ernest Sperry House, 2163 Iglehart, St. Paul designed in 1908. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 29, 2014.

Ernest Sperry House

Ernest Sperry House, 2163 Iglehart, St. Paul designed in 1908. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 29, 2014.

Color image of the Olaf Lee House designed in 1905, at 955 Jessie St., Clarence Johnston’s only house on St. Paul’s East Side. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 26, 2014.

Olaf Lee House

Olaf Lee House designed in 1905, at 955 Jessie St., Clarence Johnston’s only house on St. Paul’s East Side. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 26, 2014.

Color image of the Susan Welch House designed in 1894, at 785 Dayton Ave., St. Paul. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 26, 2014.

Susan Welch House

Susan Welch House designed in 1894, at 785 Dayton Ave., St. Paul. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 26, 2014.

Color image of the Laurel Terrace rowhouse, 294-296 Laurel Ave., St. Paul designed in 1887. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 7, 2014.

Laurel Terrace rowhouse

Laurel Terrace rowhouse, 294-296 Laurel Ave., St. Paul designed in 1887. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 7, 2014.

Color image of the John Cameron House designed in 1918, 9 Benhill Rd., St. Paul. Photograph by Paul Nelson, October 5, 2014.

John Cameron House

John Cameron House designed in 1918, 9 Benhill Rd., St. Paul. Photograph by Paul Nelson, October 5, 2014.

Color image of Clarence Johnston’s first Summit Avenue house, designed in 1883: the Addison Foster house at 490 Summit. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 27, 2014.

Addison Foster house

Clarence Johnston’s first Summit Avenue house, designed in 1883: the Addison Foster house at 490 Summit. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 27, 2014.

Color image of the oldest surviving Clarence Johnston house, and one of the most modest, 525 Holly, St. Paul. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 28, 2014.

525 Holly

The oldest surviving Clarence Johnston house, and one of the most modest, 525 Holly, St. Paul. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 28, 2014.

Color image of University Avenue Congregational Church designed in 1907. Despite its name, the address is 507 Victoria, between University and Sherburne, in Frogtown. Photograph by Paul Nelson, October 14, 2014.

University Avenue Congregational Church

University Avenue Congregational Church designed in 1907. Despite its name, the address is 507 Victoria, between University and Sherburne, in Frogtown. Photograph by Paul Nelson, October 14, 2014.

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