Minnesota Historical Society

Saint Paul's Architecture: A History

$ 24.95


The first architectural history of St. Paul, Minnesota.

St. Paul, Minnesota, is a city blessed with an extraordinary architectural heritage. 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. 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, the 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.


  • By: Jeffrey A. Hess and Paul Clifford Larson
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (2008)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816635917
  • Format: Paperback, 304 pages, 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches


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.

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