Streetscapes is a column devoted to Minnesota architecture. Writers critique, explore and explain the built environment, from brand-new buildings to revered older ones.
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.
Built in small towns around the state, they were designed to spark civic pride and growth.
Take a weekend field trip to explore public work by the artist behind the Sculpture Garden walking bridge.
A sculpture by Alexander Calder, now in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, originally was in downtown Minneapolis. It had been a victim of the newfangled skyway at the time.
Some have stood the test of time. Others have changed so many times we can't keep track.
The pastor of a modest Minneapolis parish helped create a unique, cosmopolitan church in north Minneapolis.
Talking walk signals and parking garage alerts add to the urban cacophony. At least they could speak Minnesotan.
The 1940s-era neighborhood theater at 48th and Chicago has opened with a new mix of programming following a makeover.
We've got a model of the New Urbanism design movement right here in the Twin Cities: It's called the Minnesota State Fair.
St. Paul's Grand Arcade is out of sight, but not gone + Photo Gallery
One of downtown St. Paul's most intriguing lost buildings is the elaborate mixed-use structure also known as the Lowry Arcade.
New wellness standards for buildings include everything from indoor air quality to snack foods.
The early Minneapolis skyline boasted two wildly different style of buildings by the same architectural firm.
The new Nicollet Mall is a leafier, artsier improvement over its dreary predecessor. But this is all that $50 million buys?
A look at Lake Street shows that there's a difference between good and bad density.
Corner gas stations can invite visitors to linger, and hopefully enjoy an urban neighborhood.
If the city had adopted a 1917 plan, it would have looked like the City of Light, with diagonal boulevards and roundabouts.