streetscapes: celebrating minnesota architecture
Streetscapes is a column devoted to Minnesota architecture. Writers critique, explore and explain the built environment, from brand-new buildings to revered older ones.
How about a giant gopher? We know just where it should go.
If these walls could talk, you'd hear a lot of interesting stories, of course, but the State Fair's historic structures continue to shelter young leaders, echo with the favorite songs of every era, and showcase regular Minnesotans doing their best work.
The four houses of worship in Northeast have long histories.
More than a city of Lakes, Minneapolis is a city of bridges. We have so many that we have spares, like the Third Avenue and…
Admire turtles, gargoyles, cherubs and more.
The 1970s "earth-sheltered" building has fans.
With demand for office space weak, it's unlikely Minneapolis or St. Paul will see massive additions to their skylines.
People used to flock to downtown Minneapolis for its elaborate holiday displays.
The Wells Fargo Operations Center is slated next for replacement.
The corner of W. 5th and St. Peter streets has been devoted to the same use for more than 150 years.
They have a storied past. They can have a future — if we buy tickets.
The parklike greensward of the rendering for the planned remake doesn't match the current stark reality.
The fairgrounds offer an eclectic mix of architecture, walkability and storefronts.
We went in search of "Inner Search."
A long-forgotten dance hall in downtown Minneapolis flustered local guardians of morality.
The Armory, the Minneapolis Post Office and a State Fair building are among those still actively used today.
The forgotten life of a long-empty parking lot.
How the $5 million makeover, five years in the making and a model of sensitivity and ingenuity, came to be.
When a promising office tower proposal fizzled in 1970, it set off a dispiriting architectural chain reaction.
Review: It's big and it's blue, but it's no threat to the IDS.
Two weeks ago, I asked for help with an answer to this question: When did the top of the Milwaukee Road Depot tower disappear?The…
How long has the cupola been gone? And what happened to it?
Former New Garden Theater isn't much remembered today, but it had an interesting history that reflected the ups and downs of the theater business in 20th-century Minneapolis.
There was a time when billboards were fun, bright, vivacious and artistic.
The mania for towers reached its height in the 1880s, when the busy Queen Anne style was in full flower.
There's always room for improvement to make Minneapolis a more livable city.
The longer it stays, the more graffiti appears.
The Dale Street I-94 overpass incorporates pedestrians, bikes and saner car traffic patterns. It's also a tiny step in rebuilding the Rondo neighborhood.
Dime stores offered everything from socks to hamburgers.
One of the oldest buildings on campus was remade into the home of the university's English department.