A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota by David Gebhard

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18 Masonic Temple Building (now Merchandise Building), 1888-89 Long and Kees 528 Hennepin Avenue An eight-story Richardsonian Romanesque Revival building. Originally its two corner towers were crowned by swirlingpatterned onion domes. The general effect of the building is ponderous, in part because variety, not simplicity, was cultivated. The building, like the Lumber Exchange, is a major downtown monument, and it sits waiting for sensitive renovation. 19 Donaldson's Department Store Building, 1919-24, 1945-47 Graham Anderson Probst and White Larson and McLaren 601 Nicollet Mall A five-story section of the store was repackaged in the Moderne of the 1940s with horizontal bands of glass-brick windows and thin geometric lines on the surface of its new skin of thin stone.

John's University in Collegeville. Domestic architecture fared much better, for after the war there was a brief renaissance, encouraged to a marked degree by the Walker Art Center. This museum had initiated its Everyday Art Gallery in 1940, and it had built its first Idea House in 1941, preceding by several years the houses which were built by the Museum of Modern Art and by the case study program in Los Angeles sponsored Minnesota Theatre, 1927, Minneapolis. Graven Mayger. Razed. Photo: Anthony Lane/Minneapolis Public Library.

8 Minneapolis Public Library, 1959 McEnary and Krafft 300 Nicollet Mall The Cerny plan of the 1950s called for a number of municipal government buildings to be constructed along a northwest/ southeast axis. The library was one of the earliest of those buildings. In design it is a pure 1950s product, tinselly and light, in quality hardly a fair replacement for Long and Kees's 1889 Romanesque Revival Public Library Building (which was torn down at this time). " 9 Times Building, 1899 57 4th Street S A miniature Beaux Arts commercial building with a rusticated base, a shaft of three arches, and an elaborate entablature for the capital.

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