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.

Prince Honeycutt House

Prince Honeycutt House

Exterior of Honeycutt House (612 Summit Avenue East, Fergus Falls) showing the Honeycutt Memorial Drive sign, February 25, 2022. Photograph by Melissa Hermes.

Dedication of Honeycutt Memorial Drive

Dedication of Honeycutt Memorial Drive

André Cymone outside of the Prince Honeycutt House (612 Summit Avenue East, Fergus Falls) speaking at the dedication of Honeycutt Memorial Drive on June 12, 2021. Photograph by Melissa Hermes.

Bird’s-eye view of Fergus Falls, ca. 1890

Fergus Falls

Bird’s-eye view of Fergus Falls, ca. 1890.

Joseph N. Alexander Visitors’ Center

Joseph N. Alexander Visitors’ Center

Joseph N. Alexander Visitors’ Center in Gooseberry Falls State Park. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user Jonathunder, November 15, 2021. CC BY-SA 2.0

Water tower

Water tower

Water tower inside Gooseberry Falls State Park, constructed on the highest point of the picnic area to provide water for visitors. The granite and masonry exterior was built around a 10,000-gallon water tank. Photograph by Noah Barton, 2021. Used with the permission of Noah Barton.

Lady Slipper Lodge

Lady Slipper Lodge

Lady Slipper Lodge, the first building constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps at Gooseberry Falls State Park. It was originally used as a kitchen shelter. Photograph by Noah Barton, 2021. Used with the permission of Noah Barton.

Fifth Falls Shelter

Fifth Falls Shelter

Fifth Falls Shelter, a three-sided Adirondack-style shelter, in Gooseberry Falls State Park. This type of shelter is typically designed to offer both protection from the weather and a scenic view. Photograph by Noah Barton, 2021. Used with the permission of Noah Barton.

Falls View Shelter (Bridgehead Refectory), Gooseberry Falls State Park

Falls View Shelter (Bridgehead Refectory)

Falls View Shelter, originally used as a visitors’ center for Gooseberry Falls State Park; also known as the Bridgehead Refectory. Photograph by Noah Barton, 2021. Used with the permission of Noah Barton.

Side and rear of Folsom House

Side and rear of Folsom House

The side and rear of Folsom House in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user Appraiser, May 30, 2008.

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