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 Burbank-Livingston-Griggs House, St Paul, 2013. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever.

Burbank-Livingston-Griggs House

Burbank-Livingston-Griggs House, St. Paul, 2013. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever.

Summit Avenue Tour: Burbank Livingston Griggs House

Burbank Livingston Griggs House section of the Minnesota Historical Society's Summit Avenue Tour, 2009.

Black and white photograph of the  Mirror Room, Burbank-Livingston-Griggs house, 432 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, c. 1972.

Mirror Room, Burbank-Livingston-Griggs house

Mirror Room, Burbank-Livingston-Griggs house, 432 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, c. 1972.

Black and white photograph of the Burbank-Livingston-Griggs house during occupancy of George Finch, 432 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, 1884.

Interior of Burbank-Livingston-Griggs

Burbank-Livingston-Griggs house during occupancy of George Finch, 432 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, 1884.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Griggs House, 432 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, c.1890. Original in Picturesque St. Paul, ed. J.G. Pyle.

Griggs House, 432 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

Exterior of the Griggs House, 432 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, c.1890. Original in Picturesque St. Paul, ed. J.G. Pyle.

Black and white photograph of a bedroom during the occupancy of George Finch, Griggs House, 432 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, c.1884.

Bedroom during the occupancy of George Finch, Griggs House

Bedroom during the occupancy of George Finch, Griggs House, 432 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, c.1884.

J.C. Burbank’s Residence, Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN. Engraving of the house from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota, by A. T. Andreas, 1874.

J.C. Burbank’s Residence

J.C. Burbank’s Residence, Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN. Engraving of the house from An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota, by A. T. Andreas, 1874.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Burbank-Griggs house, 432 Summit, St. Paul, c.1880. Photographed by T.W. Ingersoll.

Burbank-Griggs house

Exterior of the Burbank-Griggs house, 432 Summit, St. Paul, c.1880. Photographed by T.W. Ingersoll.

Black and white photograph of the exterior of the Griggs-Burbank House, c.1964. Photographed by Paul Iida, St. Paul Dispatch/Pioneer Press.

Exterior of the Griggs-Burbank House

Exterior of the Griggs-Burbank House, c.1964. Photographed by Paul Iida, St. Paul Dispatch/Pioneer Press.

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