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.

Nymore Bridge

Nymore Bridge

Nymore Bridge, Beltrami County, Minnesota. Photographer unknown, ca. 1990s.

Nymore Bridge

Nymore Bridge

Nymore Bridge #2366, Beltrami County, Minnesota. The first concrete bridge over the Mississippi River. Photograph by Dr. Robert M. Frame III, ca. 1980s

Fire insurance map of the site of Nymore Bridge

Map of the site of Nymore Bridge

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota. Sanborn Map Company, June 1922.

Nymore Bridge, 1930

Nymore Bridge

Nymore Bridge, ca. 1930

Nymore Bridge

Nymore Bridge

Nymore Bridge ca. 1916‒1925. Used with the permission of Beltrami County Historical Society.

Nymore Bridge

Spanning a narrow stretch of the Mississippi River in Bemidji, the Nymore Bridge is a notable example of early-twentieth-century construction. Completed in 1917, it owes its success to innovative engineering, attractive design, and local funding. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

David Park House

David Park House

The exterior of the David Park House, 2016. Photograph by Gary Rozman. Used with the permission of Beltrami County Historical Society.

David and Wanda Park House

The David Park House in Bemidji is an outstanding example of residential Streamline Moderne architecture. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

Cottonwood County Courthouse

Cottonwood County Courthouse

Cottonwood County Courthouse, Windom. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user Jatakuck, September 13, 2012. Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0.

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