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 main entrance to St. Joseph’s Academy, c.1970s.

St. Joseph’s Academy entrance

The main entrance to St. Joseph’s Academy, c.2001. Image courtesy of the archives of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province.

Black and white engraving made in 1863 of the exterior of St. Joseph’s Academy.

Engraving of the exterior of St. Joseph’s Academy

Engraving made in 1863 of the exterior of St. Joseph’s Academy. Image reproduced by Claussen's Studio of St. Paul and used courtesy of the archives of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province.

Black and white photograph of Douglas Lodge, 1913.

Douglas Lodge

Douglas Lodge, 1913. The Itasca State Park lodge was designed by Clarence Johnston and built near Lake Itasca. Its design followed a rustic-style similar to Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park. Photographer unknown.

Black and white photograph of T. & S. Meyer of Park Rapids building Douglas Lodge, 1904.

Building Douglas Lodge, Itasca State Park

T. & S. Meyer of Park Rapids building Douglas Lodge, 1904. Natural materials within Itasca were used in construction. Photograph by Delia Elizabeth Chaney.

Colored print illustrating the home of Ignatius Donnelly in Nininger, Minnesota, 1874.

Residence of Ignatius Donnelly

Colored print illustrating the home of Ignatius Donnelly in Nininger, Minnesota, 1874.

Black and white photograph of the Lower Sioux Agency Building, 1897.

Lower Sioux Agency Building

The Lower Sioux Agency building, 1897. The people standing in the foreground are likely the Knueppels, who converted the building into a dwelling in 1891.

Color image of the Lower Sioux Agency Warehouse, 2012

Lower Sioux Agency Warehouse

The Lower Sioux Agency warehouse, 2012. Photographed by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever on August 31, 2012.

Black and white photograph of the Ranger Residence at the Marcell Ranger Station, 1940.

Ranger's Dwelling at Marcell Ranger Station

The Ranger Residence at the Marcell Ranger Station, 1940.

Black and white photograph of the Marcell Ranger Station, c.1994.

Marcell Ranger Station

The Marcell Ranger Station, c.1994.

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