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Color image of the William Lang House, 6 Crocus Hill, St. Paul built in 1935. This was Clarence Johnston’s last-known house. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 26, 2014.

William Lang House

William Lang House, 6 Crocus Hill, St. Paul built in 1935. This was Clarence Johnston’s last-known house. Photograph by Paul Nelson, September 26, 2014.

Black and white photograph of Ah-Gwah-Ching, the state sanatorium for consumptives, c.1950. Clarence Johnston designed buildings for this institution between 1905 and 1931.

Ah-Gwah-Ching

Ah-Gwah-Ching, the state sanatorium for consumptives, c.1950. Clarence Johnston designed buildings for this institution between 1905 and 1931.

Black and white photograph of Northrop Auditorium, at the head of Northrop Mall, University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus, 1940.

Northrop Auditorium

Northrop Auditorium, at the head of Northrop Mall, University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus, 1940.

Black and white photograph of the Home for the Friendless on St. Paul’s Railroad Island, c.1933. Clarence Johnston designed this building in 1883. The site is now Eileen Weida Park.

Home for the Friendless on St. Paul’s Railroad Island

Home for the Friendless on St. Paul’s Railroad Island, c.1933. Clarence Johnston designed this building in 1883. The site is now Eileen Weida Park.

Black and white photograph of Stonebridge, c.1932. Designed by Clarence Johnston in 1914.

Stonebridge

Stonebridge, c.1932. Designed by Clarence Johnston in 1914.

Black and white photograph of Glensheen, c.1930. Clarence Johnston designed the mansion in 1905.

Glensheen

Glensheen, c.1930. Clarence Johnston designed the mansion in 1905.

Black and white photograph of Williams Arena c.1929, soon after completion.

Williams Arena

Williams Arena c.1929, soon after completion.

Black and white photograph of the William Merriam house at 25 University Avenue, c.1888. The house was Clarence Johnston’s first commission (1882). It was destroyed by fire in 1895.

William Merriam house

The William Merriam house at 25 University Avenue, c.1888. The house was Clarence Johnston’s first commission (1882). It was destroyed by fire in 1895.

Black and white photograph of Clarence Johnston, c.1919.

Clarence Johnston

Clarence Johnston, c.1919.

Johnston, Clarence H. (1859–1936)

The prolific architect Clarence H. Johnston left a built legacy unmatched in Minnesota. He designed scores of mansions and stately houses, mostly in St. Paul, as well as dozens of academic buildings, churches, schools, sports palaces, prisons, hospitals, and asylums.

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