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 St. Cloud State Reformatory, c.1915.

St. Cloud State Reformatory

St. Cloud State Reformatory, c.1915. A guard at the facility reported “a distinct rumble in the building at about 3:20.”

Black and white photograph of Staples train depot, c.1929. Initial reports of damage at the depot proved to be exaggerated.

Staples train depot

Staples train depot, c.1929. Initial reports of damage at the depot proved to be exaggerated.

Colorized postcard of the Orchestra Hall exterior, c.1975.

Orchestra Hall exterior

Orchestra Hall exterior, c.1975.

Color image of an aerial view of the Great Northern Depot and the surrounding area, looking north, 1978.

Aerial view of the Great Northern Depot and the surrounding area, Minneapolis

Aerial view of the Great Northern Depot and the surrounding area, looking north, 1978. Photograph by Charles Chamblis.

Black and white photograph of the interior of the Minneapolis Great Northern Depot waiting room, 1950.

Minneapolis Great Northern Depot waiting room

Interior of the Minneapolis Great Northern Depot waiting room, 1950.

Black and white photograph of the interior of the Minneapolis Great Northern Depot waiting room, 1950.

Minneapolis Great Northern Depot waiting room

Interior of the Minneapolis Great Northern Depot waiting room, 1950.

Black and white photograph of the Minneapolis Great Northern Depot, 1949.

Minneapolis Great Northern Depot

Minneapolis Great Northern Depot, 1949.

Color postcard showing the Great Northern Depot, Minneapolis, 1945.

Great Northern Depot, Minneapolis

Great Northern Depot, Minneapolis, 1945.

Black and white photograph of Workmen cleaning Minneapolis Great Northern Depot, 1944.

Workmen cleaning Minneapolis Great Northern Depot

Workmen cleaning Minneapolis Great Northern Depot, 1944.

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