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.

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.

Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee

Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee

Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee, 2007. Photo by Kyndell Harkness for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2007. Republished with the permission of the Star Tribune.

Dining room of the Women's State Reformatory, Shakopee

Dining room of the Women's State Reformatory, Shakopee

Dining room of the Women's State Reformatory, Shakopee, ca. 1950.

Parlor of the Women's State Reformatory, Shakopee

Parlor of the Women's State Reformatory, Shakopee

Parlor of the Women's State Reformatory, Shakopee, ca. 1950.

State Reformatory for Women, Shakopee

State Reformatory for Women, Shakopee

State Reformatory for Women, Shakopee, ca. 1937.

Higbee Hall

Higbee Hall

Higbee Hall, the administration building at the Women's State Reformatory, Shakopee, 1936. Photo by A. F. Raymond.

Jean-Baptiste Faribault House

Jean-Baptiste Faribault House

The Jean-Baptiste Faribault House in Mendota, built in 1836. Photograph by Jayesh Naithani, April 11, 2012.

Intersection of Sixth and Minnesota Streets, St. Paul

Intersection of Sixth and Minnesota Streets, St. Paul

North-facing view of the intersection of Sixth and Minnesota Streets, St. Paul. Photograph by A. F. Raymond, 1890.

Aerial view of Minnesota State Prison, Stillwater

Aerial view of Minnesota State Prison, Stillwater

Aerial view of Minnesota State Prison, Stillwater, 1954. Photograph by Mary Kruskopf.

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