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 construction site of St. Paul’s Neighborhood House, April 23, 1923.

Neighborhood House under construction, St. Paul

Construction site of St. Paul’s Neighborhood House, April 23, 1923.

Color image of the Fournier House, c.1995.

Fournier House

The Fournier House, c.1995.

Color image of the Fournier House, 2008.

The Fournier House

The Fournier House, 2008. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user Elkman.

Fournier House

The Fournier House was designed by architect Lawrence A. Fournier and built in 1910. The house blends early Prairie School-style elements with a more dominant Arts and Crafts style. It was also one of the first homes built in North Minneapolis.

Color image of the Front of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2013.

Front of B’nai Israel Synagogue

Front of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2008.

Color image of B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2013.

B’nai Israel Synagogue

B’nai Israel Synagogue and Dan Abraham Cultural Center, c.2008.

Color image of Ada Village Hall, c.1998.

Ada Village Hall

Ada Village Hall, c.1998.

Ada Village Hall

The Ada Village Hall served as the center for local government in Ada for over a century. It was an important public meeting hall and social facility through the 1970s. Architecturally, the building is an excellent example of the combined city hall and fire hall buildings that were constructed in Minnesota during the early 1900s.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Jewish Home for the Aged, 1554 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, c.1960.

Jewish Home for the Aged, 1554 Midway Parkway

The exterior of the Jewish Home for the Aged, 1554 Midway Parkway, St. Paul, c.1960.

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