St. Paul's Architecture: A History

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From the grand boulevard of Summit Avenue to the gleaming State Capitol, from the warehouses of University Avenue to the postwar neighborhoods in Highland Park, St. Paul, Minnesota, is a city blessed with an extraordinary architectural heritage. In St. Paul’s Architecture, Jeffrey A. Hess and Paul Clifford Larson portray the city’s distinct history and character through the evolution of its architecture. Starting with the buildings that defined St. Paul’s founding in the 1840s, through the great construction boom...

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Overview

From the grand boulevard of Summit Avenue to the gleaming State Capitol, from the warehouses of University Avenue to the postwar neighborhoods in Highland Park, St. Paul, Minnesota, is a city blessed with an extraordinary architectural heritage. In St. Paul’s Architecture, Jeffrey A. Hess and Paul Clifford Larson portray the city’s distinct history and character through the evolution of its architecture. Starting with the buildings that defined St. Paul’s founding in the 1840s, through the great construction boom of the mid-1880s, to the stylish and artistic work of Period Revival architects in the 1920s and 1930s and the rise of modernism after World War II, the authors showcase the city’s rich architectural heritage. Concluding the exploration, the book’s final chapter sheds light on the architecture of present-day St. Paul. St. Paul’s Architecture presents more than 225 notable surviving buildings and the history of several neighborhoods of the city. With many historical photographs and illustrations, this engaging book is a valuable resource not only for those interested in architectural heritage but also for anyone who admires St. Paul’s unique beauty and charm. Jeffrey A. Hess is a cultural historian who writes about the evolution of the American landscape. He recently retired from the historical consulting firm of Hess, Roise and Company. Paul Clifford Larson is a public historian and historic building consultant. He is the author of Minnesota Architect: The Life and Work of Clarence H. Johnston, Icy Pleasures: Minnesota Celebrates Winter, and A Place at the Lake. Published in cooperation with the City of St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commission.

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Cultural historian Jeffrey A. Hess and Minnesota historic building consultant Paul Clifford Larson draw on their respective backgrounds to trace the evolution of architecture in St. Paul from its mid-19th-century beginnings to the present day. St. Paul's Architecture is both a landmark reference and a useful walking guide, placing more than 225 surviving buildings in historical and architectural context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816635900
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/2006
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,395,823
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 St. Paul's founding years, 1840-1875 1
2 St. Paul comes of age, 1875-1920 37
3 From the picturesque to the moderne, 1920-1940 101
4 Planning the modern city. 1940-1985 169
5 Melding the past with the future, 1985-2000 229
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