METROPOLITAN DREAMS: THE SCANDALOUS RISE AND STUNNING FALL OF A MINNEAPOLIS MASTERPIECE

 

The story of one of Minnesota’s most famous and most mourned buildings. Against the thrumming backdrop of turn-of-the-century Minneapolis, Larry Millett recreates the impressive rise, and eventual fall, of the massive Metropolitan Building (1890-1962). Metropolitan Dreams is a tale of urban growing pains and architectural ghosts and of colorful, sometimes criminal characters amid the grandeur and squalor of building and rebuilding a city’s skyline.

Larry Millett provides the intriguing history of two central Saint Paul buildings that have shaped the city, its businesses, and its people. Now restored, the new building complex houses living space, commercial space, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art!

MINNESOTA MODERN: ARCHITECTURE AND LIFE AT MIDCENTURY

With photographs by Denes Saari and Maria Forrai Saari


Larry Millett conducts an eye-opening, spectacularly illustrated Minnesota tour of the rich and varied landscape of midcentury modernism. Winner of a 2016 Minnesota Book Award.

MINNESOTA'S OWN: PRESERVING OUR GRAND HOMES

 

With photographs by Matt Schmitt.

 

A lavishly illustrated account of 22 great Minnesota houses and the remarkable people who built and preserved them. Nominated for a 2015 Minnesota Book Award. Winner of the 2016 David Stanley Gebhard Award, presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

ONCE THERE WERE CASTLES

A richly illustrated look at the lost mansions and estates of the Twin Cities.

 

“Larry Millett . . . digs up images and stories that paint a picture of 90 long-gone buildings. The photographs of their unabashed luxury are stunning; the stories of their demise, laden with hubris, are irresistible." —Minnesota Monthly. 

AIA GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES

Featuring 1,500 entries that cover a wide range of buildings and structures, this is the most complete architectural guide to the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

 

“Larry Millett is unmatched as an observer and chronicler of the rich architectural diversity of the Twin Cities.”—Richard Moe, National Trust for Historic Preservation.

AIA GUIDE TO THE MINNEAPOLIS LAKES DISTRICT

A detailed guide to Minneapolis’s signature neighborhood.

AIA GUIDE TO ST. PAUL'S SUMMIT AVE & HILL DISTRICT

A comprehensive guide to St. Paul’s most historic residential neighborhood and most storied avenue

AIA GUIDE TO DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS

An in-depth look at the buildings and places that make downtown Minneapolis the hub of the Twin Cities.

AIA GUIDE TO DOWNTOWN ST. PAUL

The most thorough guide available to downtown St. Paul’s commercial core, the Lowertown Historic District, and the State Capitol area.

MURDER HAS A PUBLIC FACE

A fully illustrated account of four murder cases in the 1940s and 1950s and the sensational newspaper coverage they generated.

 

“Millett takes us back to a time and place many of us have all but forgotten and many more . . . will be shocked to discover.”—from the forward by William Swanson.

STRANGE DAYS, DANGEROUS NIGHTS

A collection of more than 200 stunning, expertly annotated news photographs from a time when journalism did not shy away from blood and gore.

 

“The welter of detail in the pictures—the seamed stockings of a murder victim, the huddle of bystanders after a bar shooting—provides a nuanced portrait of a Midwestern city and of American culture at midcentury.”— The New Yorker.

TWIN CITIES THEN AND NOW

New and historic photographs are paired to offer a fascinating look at how the Twin Cities have changed over time.

 

“Twin Cities Then and Now lays open the successes and failure of urban design over the last one hundred years.”—Jet Lowe, staff photographer, Historic American Building Survey.

LOST TWIN CITIES

A now classic account of vanished downtown buildings and places in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

 

“Readers who cherish local architectural history will savor every word.”—Barbara Flanagan, Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

THE CURVE OF THE ARCH

The story of three remarkable men who came together to create an astonishing architectural masterpiece in a most unlikely place.

 

“A remarkable contribution to the literature of Midwest architecture.”—Alan Lathrop, Northwest Architectural Archives.

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