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Color image of the front entrance of Cleveland Junior High School (now Farnsworth Aerospace Pre-K-8 School) in St. Paul designed by Clarence Wigington and built in 1924. Photographed by Paul Nelson on August 15, 2014.

Front entrance of Farnsworth Aerospace Pre-K-8 School

Front entrance of Cleveland Junior High School (now Farnsworth Aerospace Pre-K-8 School) in St. Paul designed by Clarence Wigington and built in 1924. Photographed by Paul Nelson on August 15, 2014.

Color image of the front entrance of Como Park Elementary School, designed by Clarence Wigington and built in 1916. Photographed by Paul Nelson on August 5, 2014.

Front entrance of Como Park Elementary School

Front entrance of Como Park Elementary School, designed by Clarence Wigington and built in 1916. Photographed by Paul Nelson on August 5, 2014.

Black and white photograph of the 1941 Winter Carnival Ice Palace.

1941 Winter Carnival Ice Palace

1941 Winter Carnival Ice Palace.

Black and white photograph of the 1940 Winter Carnival Ice Palace at Como Park.

1940 Winter Carnival Ice Palace

1940 Winter Carnival Ice Palace at Como Park.

Black and white photograph of the 1937 Winter Carnival Ice Palace, looking west toward State Office Building.

1937 Winter Carnival Ice Palace

1937 Winter Carnival Ice Palace, looking west toward State Office Building.

Color postcard of the 1937 Winter Carnival Ice Palace.

1937 Winter Carnival Ice Palace postcard view

Postcard of the 1937 Winter Carnival Ice Palace.

Black and white photograph of the Holman Field Administration Building, c.1940.

Holman Field Administration

Holman Field Administration Building, c.1940.

Newspaper portrait of Clarence Wigington from the St. Paul Appeal, September 18, 1915.

Clarence Wigington, newly arrived in St. Paul

Portrait of Clarence Wigington from the St. Paul Appeal, September 18, 1915.

Black and white photograph of Clarence Wigington, c.1940s.

Clarence Wigington

Clarence Wigington, c.1940s.

Wigington, Clarence (1883–1967)

Clarence Wigington, the nation’s first African American municipal architect, served as lead architect in over ninety St. Paul city projects. His legacy in brick and stone has lasted well into the twenty-first century. He designed both the enduring (schools, fire stations, park buildings) and the ephemeral (five Winter Carnival ice palaces).

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