Streetscapes is a column devoted to Minnesota architecture. Writers critique, explore and explain the built environment, from brand-new buildings to revered older ones.
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.
Nearly a dozen smaller Minneapolis buildings were razed for the IDS Center. The city's better for it
For many decades, the central core was a great architectural hodgepodge, with many blocks containing buildings in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles.
A 1960s Dinkytown library — by Minnesota Modernist architect Ralph Rapson — gleams anew after an $11.6 million restoration.
Think the Minneapolis skyline is unique? Think again – we have copycat buildings in our midst + Photo Gallery
Some of our landmark buildings aren't so unique. Others are ours alone.
Built in 1926, Minneapolis hotel lost to Christmas fire slipped into second-tier status after a decade or two.
The American Institute of Architects Minnesota honored projects ranging from a wayside rest stop to a lakeside cabin to a college arts complex.
Midcentury fires in downtown St. Paul removed many Victorian structures.
Two St. Paul gems, decked out for the holidays, offer a look at Christmases past.
The demolition of the rather ordinary Public Service Center in Minneapolis will leave a gap in the city scape.
Two years after a fatal explosion, the design for the rejuvenated campus reaches toward the future.
Photos, murals and other collections make the skyways into mini-museums.
Residential hotels and rooming houses in Minneapolis and St. Paul offered alternatives to houses and apartments.
A panoramic photo of the city taken on a large-format camera in 1907 offers an incredible time capsule. "It reveals things that essentially nobody ever saw before. It's so immersive."
With its balconies, porches, dormers and gingerbread trim, this Park Avenue mansion in Minneapolis was the giddiest of them all.
In the early 1900s, there was talk of building one. It would have put its mark on the metro.
An iconic sanctuary survived an 1888 fire and a 1904 tornado only to burn down years later.
A renovation has restored the downtown gem's singular looks while making it accessible to all.