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 multi-block, mixed-use section of the storied avenue was on the edge of downtown.
Annual awards recognize sustainability and human scale as well as function and form.
After 70 years, the first Minneapolis auditorium gave way to today's Orchestra Hall.
The downtown hall, which opened in December 1884, exemplified the busy, colorful Victorian Gothic commercial style.
Design of Water Works Park and Pavilion achieves simplicity without being simplistic.
A shovel fortune helped build a mansion that once stood in the shadow of the Minnesota State Capitol.
A 240-foot tower had the prominence that the Grain Belt Beer sign has today.
Beautiful buildings tend to be the ones that are preserved. Here's why we should save some ugly structures.
Despite its traditional design, the Minneapolis band shell is just a few decades old.
Parking ramp/transit center blends form, function and nature.
To celebrate completion of the northern transcontinental railway, the Twin Cities threw a massive daylong bash.
A popped-collar building is tucked in Minneapolis' buttoned-down skyline.
Engineer and real estate developer left his mark – and his name – across the Twin Cities.
Two- and three-story buildings create character and a more human scale.
If you're heading back to your office in downtown Minneapolis, expect more than you hoped, less than you feared
Folks pictured helipads and the Borough of St. Paul.
Minneapolis had two 10th Avenue Bridges: One remains standing, the other left behind rare ruins.
The Walker Art Center's minimalist, brick-clad building opened 50 years ago. Here's a look back at its roots.
The cozy White Squirrel Bar is the latest addition to a creative-minded St. Paul neighborhood.
The Mayo Clinic's carillon bell tower performances have been a staple for nearly a century.
Since 1919, Minneapolis Planning Commission has looked to the future.
In 1957, city leaders and planners laid out a vision for Minneapolis in 1967. How much of it came true?
In its prime, Oak Lake Park featured Victorian residential architecture set amid parks, artificial ponds and tree-lined streets.
At the time it was built, the Northstar Center embodied the hope of urban vitality.
Railroad magnate James J. Hill and Archbishop John Ireland asked famed architect Cass Gilbert to design seminary dorm.
The Crystal Court in the IDS Center is getting its first upgrade since 1998.
The third home of the First Free (also known as Free Will) Baptist Church was a rare gem.
Over the past 10 years, the state's historic tax credit has been applied to more than 100 projects all over Minnesota.
Roger Bond Martin, a founder of the U's landscape architecture program, emphasized collaboration.
But the Surf is historic for more than that fateful concert on a frigid night in 1959.
Walter Norton and Clifford Peel left an extensive collection of commercial photography.
Dollar General says DGX store at 5th and Nicollet is aimed at "metropolitan" customers.
The live/work model isn't new. It's as old as the streetcar system in the Twin Cities.
Buildings often went through multiple uses in 19th-century Minneapolis. The Crocker-Leland rink was no exception.
Developers are turning to wood for its versatility and sustainability.
Ed Baker's drawings and models of past projects give us a glimpse of what might have been.
A grassroots effort fought a plan to raze modest "Joe Sixpack" houses on Milwaukee Avenue that dated to the 1890s.
At least 300 small buildings have disappeared from downtown Minneapolis since 1950. Here's just one worth mourning.
The pandemic hasn't stopped construction in downtown Minneapolis, where the skyline continues to change.
Because of safety concerns, ease and aesthetics, outdoor dining has caught on in Minnesota.
Back when cars were things of wonder, the showrooms boasted architectural elegance.
Minnesota's small-town downtowns have a future, but it won't look like past.
It's time to take a hard look at who has the power to shape our environment today.
Now Minnesota's "front porch," the Capitol Mall was home to mix of Victorian dwellings.
A drive along the Great River Road follows the Mississippi from the past to the present.
How can we facilitate a wider range of uses for our roads?
While they're getting little use now, these essential downtown connectors will eventually come back to life.
Well-located and managed by savvy owners, a few powerhouse malls continue to evolve and thrive.
Advancements in engineering transformed the technology, scale and design of parking structures.
More than 30 buildings, many dating to the 1880s or earlier, had to be torn down or have their front lopped off 20 feet.
City sidewalks aren't the real measure of how vacant Minneapolis is right now.
Reviving the once-busy thoroughfare can help create a more vibrant, connected city.
Analysis: We need new kinds of development that will eliminate disparities, increase affordability, and generate jobs.
With the addition of a grocery store, Southdale moves one step closer to its original vision as a community hub.
A few humble street corners show us how to create a "patio culture" year-round.