Streetscapes is a column devoted to Minnesota architecture. Writers critique, explore and explain the built environment, from brand-new buildings to revered older ones.
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.
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.
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.