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.

Jun Fujita Cabin, Rainy Lake

The rustic cabin Jun Fujita built on an island in Rainy Lake in the late 1920s is a rare surviving artifact of the opening of northeastern Minnesota to tourism and recreation. The remarkable personal history of Fujita, one of the first prominent Japanese Americans in the Midwest, adds to its historical interest. The cabin was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Kitchen inside Jun Fujita’s cabin

Kitchen inside Jun Fujita’s cabin

The kitchen inside Jun Fujita’s cabin photographed by Bill Harlow for the National Park Service, August 1989. Public domain.

Interior of Jun Fujita’s cabin with sleeping alcove

Interior of Jun Fujita’s cabin with sleeping alcove

The interior of Jun Fujita’s cabin photographed by Bill Harlow for the National Park Service, August 1989. Public domain.

Exterior of Jun Fujita’s cabin

Exterior of Jun Fujita’s cabin

An exterior view of Jun Fujita’s cabin, undated. Collection of Graham and Pamela Lee. Used with permission.

Sleeping alcove in Jun Fujita’s cabin

Sleeping alcove in Jun Fujita’s cabin

The sleeping alcove in Jun Fujita’s cabin, 1939. Collection of Graham and Pamela Lee. Used with permission.

Wendt Island

Wendt Island

Wendt Island, with Jun Fujita’s cabin visible at left, 1938. Collection of Graham and Pamela Lee. Used with permission.

Interior of Jun Fujita’s cabin

Interior of Jun Fujita’s cabin

An interior view of Jun Fujita’s cabin, ca. 1930s. Collection of Graham and Pamela Lee. Used with permission.

View of Rainy Lake from inside Jun Fujita’s cabin

View of Rainy Lake from inside Jun Fujita’s cabin

A view of Rainy Lake from inside Jun Fujita’s cabin, ca. 1930s. Collection of Graham and Pamela Lee. Used with permission.

Jun Fujita’s cabin

Jun Fujita’s cabin

Jun Fujita’s cabin on Rainy Lake in St. Louis County, Minnesota. Photograph by A. Wallace for the National Park Service, undated. Public domain.

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