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St. Paul's Architecture: A History.


St. Paul's architecture; a history.

Hess, Jeffrey A. and Paul Clifford Larson.

U. of Minnesota Press


277 pages




In their able text and collection of period and modern photographs consultants and public historians Hess and Larson explain why St. Paul, Minnesota has so many fine specimens of architecture, ranging from the utilitarian frame structures of the settlement days of the 1840s to the reproductions of a wide range of architectural periods in the 1920s and 1930s to moderne and the marriage of style and city through the 1980s. One of the most interesting chapters details the efforts to "modernize" historic buildings in the 1950s and 1960s. They close with examples of how St. Paul conducts architecture and city planning. The authors are careful to show where modern brutalism works and where it does not.

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