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.

Theatre de la Jeune Lune entrance

Theatre de la Jeune Lune entrance

The front entrance of Theatre de la Jeune Lune at 105 North First Street, Minneapolis. Photograph by Sharon Morrow, November 16, 2008. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Minneapolis Pops perform at the Lake Harriet bandshell

The Minneapolis Pops perform at the Lake Harriet bandshell, July 2019. Photo by Linda A. Cameron; used with permission.

Lake Harriet bandshell in winter

Lake Harriet bandshell in winter

View of the Lake Harriet bandshell in winter, 2019. Photo by Linda A. Cameron; used with permission.

Moonlight over the Lake Harriet bandshell

Moonlight over the Lake Harriet bandshell

Moonlight over the Lake Harriet bandshell. 9-11 Tribute Concert, September 11, 2016. Photo by Linda A. Cameron; used with permission.

Color guard ceremony at Lake Harriet bandshell

Color guard ceremony at Lake Harriet bandshell

The color guard ceremony, 9-11 Tribute Concert at the Lake Harriet bandshell, September 11, 2016. Photo by Linda A. Cameron; used with permission.

Lake Harriet and pavilion

Lake Harriet and pavilion

Lake Harriet and pavilion, Minneapolis, ca. 1940.

Lake Harriet pavilion

Lake Harriet pavilion

Lake Harriet pavilion, Minneapolis, ca. 1920.

Lake Harriet pavilion

Lake Harriet pavilion

Lake Harriet pavilion, Minneapolis, ca. 1915. Photo by Charles P. Gibson.

View of Lake Harriet from the pavilion

View of Lake Harriet from the pavilion

View of Lake Harriet from the pavilion, Minneapolis, ca. 1905.

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