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URBAN EXPORATIONS CLASS

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NEW BOOK: MID-CENTURY MODERNISM IN MINNESOTA 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

I’m working on a new book, to be published in the fall of 2013, with the working title of Mid-century Modernism in Minnesota. The book will focus on Minnesota architecture in the period from 1945 to about 1965 — a time when modernist design dominated the scene. As part of the book project, I’ve begun developing a database of mid-century buildings in Minnesota. It’s basically a list — arranged by community, building type and street address –  that includes sources of information about each building, as well as where to find photos. As it now stands, the database is divided into five sections: Minneapolis buildings, suburban Minneapolis buildings, St. Paul buildings, suburban St. Paul buildings, and outstate buildings. Feel free to look here for buildings you may already be familiar with or if you’re simply interested in mid-century architecture. I’m still looking for buildings–especially architect-designed houses–to add to my database. If  you know of a mid-century building or home that might deserve a place in my book, please let me know by contacting me at larrymillett@comcast.net.  And if you can send along a photo or two, that would be very helpful.

Here are the databases:

mpls

mplsuburban

stpaul

stpaulsuburban

outstate

I’ve also developed a list of structures, places, buildings and homes likely to be featured in the book. Here it is:

featured buildings

LOST MANSIONS

For those of you interested in my most recent book, Once There Were Castles: Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities, here’s another database you might want to look at. It’s my list of lost mansions — about 700 in all — that I prepared as part of the book project. It’s organized by community and street address. The database also tells you where to find information about and photos of many of the mansions. If you happen to know of a lost mansion I’ve missed, I’d appreciate hearing from you at larrymillett@comcast.net.

mansions