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.

MN90: The Sugar Beet Fields

Britt Aamodt describes the movement of Latinx migrant workers from beet fields to cities. From MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds.

Curly's Bar and Cafe

Curly's Bar and Cafe

Street view of the exterior of Curly’s Bar and Cafe (20 South Fifth Street), November 10, 1944. Curly’s hosted drag performers during the 1930s and 1940s.

Persian Palms Tavern

Persian Palms Tavern

Exterior of the Persian Palms Tavern (109–111 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis), November 1, 1959.

Flame Supper Club

Flame Supper Club

Flame Supper Club (1523 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis), undated.

Plaque outside the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

Plaque outside the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

Plaque installed during the construction of the City of New Ulm’s Public Library and Historical Museum, 1936. Since 1989, the building has been the home of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. Photo by Robin Gehl, 2020.

Front entrance to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

Front entrance to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

Front entrance to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, New Ulm. Photo by Robin Gehl, 2020.

Front entrance to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

Front entrance to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

Front entrance to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in New Ulm, at 27 North Broadway Street. Photo by Robin Gehl, 2020.

Snake River Fur Post

Snake River Fur Post

The North West Company’s fur post on the Snake River. The historic site, administered by the Minnesota Historical Society, is a recreation of the trading post that operated here over in 1804 and 1805. The voyageurs who serviced it (and others in the St. Croix River basin), paddled and portaged a route from Lake Superior, up the Bois Brule River, down the Namekagon River, and into the St. Croix. Photo by Jon Lurie, 2020.

State Reformatory for Women, Shakopee

State Reformatory for Women, Shakopee

Postcard with an aerial view of the grounds of the State Reformatory for Women, Shakopee, ca. 1945–1955.

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