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.

St. Cloud's commercial district

St. Cloud's commercial district

St. Cloud's commercial district. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever, Ocober 10, 2023. Public domain.

Downtown St. Paul

Downtown St. Paul

Downtown St. Paul. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user John Polo, November 26, 2005. GNU Free Documentation License 1.2

Downtown Minneapolis skyline

Downtown Minneapolis skyline

Interstate 35W approaching downtown Minneapolis, looking north from the 24th Street pedestrian bridge. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user AlexiusHoratius, May 9, 2010. CC BY-SA 3.0

Casiville Bullard House, 2013

Casiville Bullard House, 2013

Casiville Bullard House, St. Paul, October 1, 2013. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user St. Paul Paul, October 1, 2013. CC BY-SA 3.0

Casiville Bullard House, 2012

Casiville Bullard House, St. Paul. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever, September 10, 2012. CC BY-SA 3.0

Federal Courts Building, St. Paul

Federal Courts Building, St. Paul

Federal Courts Building (75 West Fifth Street), St. Paul. Pen-and-ink drawing on paper by E. J. Donohue, ca. 1900.

Dam on Elk Lake

Dam on Elk Lake

Dam on Elk Lake, Itasca State Park, ca. 1940.

Farmers and Merchants Bank, Lanesboro

Farmers and Merchants Bank, Lanesboro

Martin Carlson, A. M. Hanson, and Samuel A. Nelson at Farmers and Merchants Bank in Lanesboro, undated.

Watt Munisotaram

Watt Munisotaram

Watt Munisotaram, a Cambodian Buddhist temple in Hopkins, Minnesota, 2021.

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