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.

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.

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.

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