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 Carson Mennonite Brethren Church, Delft, Minnesota (1949–2005). Photograph ca. 2000s.

Carson Mennonite Brethren Church

Carson Mennonite Brethren Church, Delft, Minnesota (1949–2005), ca. 2000s.

Black and white photograph of Bingham Lake Mennonite Brethren Church (1885–1949); date unknown.

Bingham Lake Mennonite Brethren Church

Bingham Lake Mennonite Brethren Church (1885–1949); date unknown. The first part of the building was completed in 1885, the second in 1892.

Color image Ecolab buildings, St. Paul, July 2017.

Ecolab buildings

Ecolab buildings, St. Paul, July 2017. In the foreground, the new Ecolab headquarters in downtown St. Paul. Behind can be seen the old tower on Wabasha, still bearing the Ecolab name.

Color image of the Ecolab building, 2014. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever.

Ecolab building

Ecolab building, 2014. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever.

Black and white photograph of Economics Laboratory, 293 Como Avenue, St. Paul, October 8, 1962.

Economics Laboratory, 293 Como Avenue, St. Paul

Economics Laboratory, 293 Como Avenue, St. Paul, October 8, 1962.

Black and white photograph of an Economics Laboratory, 800 Eustis Street, St. Paul, ca. 1956.

Economics Laboratory, St. Paul

Economics Laboratory, 800 Eustis Street, St. Paul, ca. 1956.

Black and white photograph of Economics Laboratory, 144–146 South Livingston Avenue, St. Paul, ca. 1955.

Economics Laboratory

Economics Laboratory, 144–146 South Livingston Avenue, St. Paul, ca. 1955.

Black and white photograph of the Endicott Building, ca. 1900.

Endicott Building, 143 East Fourth, St. Paul

The Endicott Building, ca. 1900. The first location of Economics Laboratory (later Ecolab) was in the basement of the Endicott Building on Fourth Street in downtown St. Paul.

Black and white photograph of Mechanic Arts High School, St. Paul, ca. 1928. Photograph by Charles P. Gibson.

Mechanic Arts High School

Mechanic Arts High School, St. Paul, ca. 1928. Photograph by Charles P. Gibson.

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