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.

Color image of the back of Grand Theater, showing mural, March 2017.

Back of Grand Theater, showing mural

Back of Grand Theater, showing mural, March 2017.

Black and white photograph of the Art deco design in ceiling, Grand Theater, date unknown.

Art deco design in ceiling, Grand Theater

Art deco design in ceiling, Grand Theater, date unknown.

Color image of Muses in plaster on arch, 2005.

Muses in plaster, Grand Theater

Muses in plaster on arch, 2005.

Color image of front of theater showing arch and edge of balcony, 2005.

Side view of theater front showing arch and balcony

Side view of front of theater showing arch and edge of balcony, 2005.

Color image of the Grand Theater showing seats and balcony, 2005.

Interior showing balcony

Interior view of the Grand Theater showing seats and balcony, 2005.

Color image of the lobby and concession area of Grand Theater, 2005.

Lobby and concession area of Grand Theater

Lobby and concession area of Grand Theater, 2005.

Color image of the exterior of the Grand Theater with marquee, 2005.

Exterior of Grand Theater with marquee

Exterior of Grand Theater with marquee, 2005.

Color image of the Grand Theater outside, 2017.

Grand Theater exterior

Grand Theater outside, 2017.

Black and white photograph of the Grand Theater, 1913.

Grand Theater, 1913

The Grand Theater, 1913.

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