Minnesota Historical Society

Metropolitan Dreams: The Scandalous Rise and Stunning Fall of a Minneapolis Masterpiece

$ 29.95

The story of one of Minnesota’s most famous and most mourned buildings, set against the history of downtown Minneapolis

Against the thrumming backdrop of turn-of-the-century Minneapolis, architectural critic and historian Larry Millett recreates the impressive rise, and eventual fall, of the massive Metropolitan Building. MetropolitanDreams 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.

  • Author: Larry Millett
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (2018)
  • ISBN 978-1-5179-0416-6 
  • Format: Cloth/jacket, 248 pages, 140 b&w photos, 7 x 9

Larry Millett is the author of many notable books on regional architecture, including Once There Were CastlesMinnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury(winner of a Minnesota Book Award), and Heart of St. Paul: A History of the Pioneer and Endicott Buildings, all published by Minnesota, as well as Lost Twin CitiesMinnesota’s Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes, and several AIA Guides to the architecture of the Twin Cities. He has also written eight historical novels involving Sherlock Holmes set in turn-of-the-century Minnesota.

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