Minnesota Architecture Lost and Found

Lecture Series Description: This course will offer two distinct looks at architecture in the Twin Cities and Minnesota. We’ll begin with a visual tour of “Lost Twin Cities,” ranging from famous downtown monuments like the Metropolitan Building in Minneapolis to mighty mansions that once stood on Summit Avenue in St. Paul. Then we’ll move on to see some of Minnesota’s finest homes, from “Glensheen” in Duluth to a spectacular double house in St. Paul to the estate of one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. We’ll conclude with a review of Midcentury Modernism, which became the dominant style of architecture all across Minnesota in the decades after World War II and left an especially notable legacy in suburban communities around the Twin Cities.

Lecture Series Information: Wednesdays, 1:00-2:45 p.m., starting September 21, 2022, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, University of St. Thomas St. Paul Campus and simulcast online via Zoom.   

Lecture Series Educator: Larry Millett, a native of Minneapolis, is a graduate of St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota (BA, English, 1969) and the University of Chicago (MA, English, 1970). He spent much of his career as a writer, reporter and editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, joining the newspaper in 1972. In 1984, he won a Knight Fellowship to the University of Michigan to study architectural history and theory. When he returned to St. Paul in 1985, Millett became the newspaper’s first architecture critic. He held that post until his retirement from the Pioneer Press in June of 2002. While at the Pioneer Press, Millett and fellow reporter Don Boxmeyer also served for several years as clue writers for the annual Winter Carnival medallion hunt. Millett has written articles for many publications, including Architecture, Inland Architect, Architecture Minnesota and Minnesota History magazines. He has also written fourteen works of non-fiction and nine mystery novels. 

Fee for the series: $100.00 per person (this is a six-week series)

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Detailed Lecture Series Syllabus:

Sept. 21

Lost buildings in downtown Minneapolis.

Sept. 28

Lost buildings in downtown St. Paul.

Oct. 5

Lost mansions and estates in and around Minneapolis.

Oct. 12

Lost mansions and estates in and around St. Paul.

Oct. 19

Great Minnesota houses from the 1860s to the 1950s.

Oct. 26

Midcentury Modernism in Minnesota: homes, office and public buildings, churches and synagogues.