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A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota by David Gebhard

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Razed. Photo: Minnesota Historical Society. 14 and the Zigzag Moderne (Art Deco) together in a single composition. Period architecture reached a peak during the 1920s and 1930s as the clients, through increased travel and knowledge, and the architects, through much more rigorous academic training and exposure to Europe, began to set a standard which was impressively high. The suburban areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul blossomed forth with Colonial, English Georgian, English Tudor, and French Norman houses and even occasional Mediterranean/Spanish dwellings of white stucco with tile roofs.

Hayes 1st Avenue S and Grant Street E Richardsonian Romanesque with a large Akron-plan auditorium. 15 Minneapolis Area VocationalTechnical Institute, 1932, 1940 Edward Enger 1101 3rd Avenue S The Zigzag Moderne with pre-Columbian ornamentation. The interest in preColumbian architecture was strong during the 1920s, and it readily crept into Moderne ornamentation. 16 House, c. 1870 913 5th Avenue S The only Italianate dwelling still existing in the downtown Minneapolis area. The house is of the central-gable type with a single-story porch across the front.

Both St. Anthony and Minneapolis were initially platted with their principal streets running parallel and perpendicular to the Mississippi River, which at St. Anthony Falls ran on a northwest/southeast axis. When the city reached south to Grant and 14th Streets, a new gridiron oriented to the cardinal points of the compass was laid out. The pattern of growth in the city during the 1880s, 1890s, and early 1900s repeated the pattern found elsewhere in the United States. Commercial strips began to develop along the streets which were used by the horse-drawn streetcars beginning in 1873 and by the electric street railway lines beginning in 1889.

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