Streetscapes is a column devoted to Minnesota architecture. Writers critique, explore and explain the built environment, from brand-new buildings to revered older ones.
The Minnesota Theater and the Capitol were once the biggest, grandest movie palaces in the Twin Cities
Minneapolis and St. Paul were once home to massive, elaborately designed theaters.
A late 19th-century newspaper promoted Minneapolis by depicting it with fanciful buildings.
A young landscape architect's vision of a roadless wilderness laid the groundwork for the Boundary Waters.
The grand staircase is disappearing from our skyscrapers and large civic buildings.
A proposal to move the 46-year-old Southdale Library into Southdale shopping center makes synergistic sense.
The advent of freeways spelled the end of elegant, eclectic neighborhoods near downtown St. Paul.
You can often tell at a glance whether a building is residential, commercial, civic or religious.
The film also features a catchy song by the team that wrote "We're Going to Win, Twins."
Allianz Field's unique Teflon-like wrap offers an exotic look and an intense fan experience.
Through his eye-grabbing work, architect James Dayton made the Twin Cities a better, more beautiful place.
The Minneapolis Metropolitan became the scene of an alibi concocted by a notorious murderer. The architect of St. Paul's Metropolitan helped design Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
It's said that rubbing Goldy Gopher's teeth before a test can bring good luck. At least, that's what incoming students sometimes hear on campus tours.
Why midcentury motels failed in downtown Minneapolis + Photo Gallery
Affordable, accessible motor inns were once the place to stay downtown. That all began to change in the 1960s.
Not everyone thinks highly of these aboveground, indoor sidewalks. But our recent deep freeze was a reminder of how the skyways make downtown not just livable, but unique.
For a while, it was thought to be forward looking. Now it's widely considered inhumane.
Rising on the site of the 1858 Nicollet House, the hotel was financed by the public, and torn down in 1991. United Properties has proposed a 33-story glass office tower for the site.
Massive Tudor Revivals were once common in the Twin Cities. This Loring Park gem was one of the best.
Beautiful doors on Twin Cities buildings make a statement + Photo Gallery
Though they're often overlooked, doors reveal a lot about a building and its era.
St. Paul's Ryan Hotel, demolished in the early 1960s, was a classic example of Victorian excess.
Many banks in Minnesota now have new uses, but their original designs give them away.
Architectural historian Larry Millett reveals the history of a long-lost Minneapolis landmark in his new book, "Metropolitan Dreams."
E. Townsend Mix's Temple Court was a design warmup to Minneapolis' majestic Metropolitan.
The University of Minnesota's Frank Gehry-designed art museum is marking its quarter-century birthday this month.
"Nimbus," a massive halo-like steel sculpture, will be the crowning touch of the remake of Nicollet Mall.
Windows are more than just a means to bring in light and air; they're a way to read the style and technology of an era.