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.

Boarded-up commercial building at 1418 Glenwood Avenue, ca. 1958. The image also shows a billboard advertising Wonder Bread. Photo by Norton & Peel.

Building at 1418 Glenwood Avenue

Boarded-up commercial building at 1418 Glenwood Avenue, ca. 1958. The image also shows a billboard advertising Wonder Bread. Photo by Norton & Peel.

Front of the Shaw-Hammons House, 1987. Photographer unknown. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

Shaw-Hammons House

Front of the Shaw-Hammons House, 1987. Photographer unknown. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

Front of the Shaw-Hammons house (302 Fremont Street, Anoka), August 1987. Photographer unknown. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

Shaw-Hammons House

Front of the Shaw-Hammons house (302 Fremont Street, Anoka), August 1987. Photographer unknown. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

The Shaw-Hammons House (302 Fremont Street, Anoka), ca. 2013. Photographer unknown. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

Shaw-Hammons House

The Shaw-Hammons House (302 Fremont Street, Anoka), ca. 2013. Photographer unknown. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

Shaw–Hammons House

Built in 1854, the Shaw-Hammons House has also been known as the DeGraff–Follrath House. As of 2020, is the oldest extant home in the city of Anoka.

The Rum River Inn bar and restaurant (formerly the Riverside Hotel) in St. Francis, July 1990. Anoka County Historical Society, Object ID# 2057.5.70. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

Rum River Inn

The Rum River Inn bar and restaurant (formerly the Riverside Hotel) in St. Francis, July 1990. Anoka County Historical Society, Object ID# 2057.5.70. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

A view of the Riverside Hotel in St. Francis showing the side of the building. Anoka County Historical Society, Object ID# P2057.11.48. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

Riverside Hotel

A view of the Riverside Hotel in St. Francis showing the side of the building. Anoka County Historical Society, Object ID# P2057.11.48. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

St. Francis, 1855. The Riverside Hotel is visible in the middle background of the photograph, to the left of the bridge. Anoka County Historical Society, Object ID# 2056.1.4. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

View of St. Francis

St. Francis, 1855. The Riverside Hotel is visible in the middle background of the photograph, to the left of the bridge. Anoka County Historical Society, Object ID# 2056.1.4. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

Photograph of the front of the Riverside Hotel, sometimes called the St. Francis Hotel. Four people stand or sit on the porch. Anoka County Historical Society, Object ID# JE0038-2. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

Riverside Hotel

Photograph of the front of the Riverside Hotel, sometimes called the St. Francis Hotel. Four people stand or sit on the porch. Anoka County Historical Society, Object ID# JE0038-2. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society.

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