A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota by David Gebhard

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Its first parkland (Murphy Park) was acquired in 1857, but the city did not get around to developing the area until 1880. In 1883, over the heavy opposition of the city council and organized labor, the voters of the city approved an extensive system of parks. The new Board of Park Commissioners appointed the well-known landscape architect Horace W. S. Cleveland to prepare a plan, which he presented later the same year. He proposed a ring of boulevards: Lyndale Avenue to the west, Lake Street to the south, a new boulevard (never built) east of the university, and a boulevard to the north (15th Avenue).

Cational institutions and on occasion for commercial blocks (printers and newspaper publishers especially seemed to favor it). By the middle of the century there was almost universal agreement that the Italianate was the correct style for county courthouses and other governmental buildings. The first Minnesota Capitol Building (the first territorial capitol, 1851-53) was Grecian with a drum and dome. In 1872 and again in 1878 the original building was enlarged and remodeled into the Italianate, reflecting the change in taste which had occurred in less than twenty years.

3 The Towers Condominiums, 1964 John Pruyn 15-19 1st Street S Every self-respecting urban renewal scheme of the 1950s and 1960s proposed bringing people back into the central core of the city — especially the middle middle and upper middle classes. These towers, plus those at 312 Hennepin (designed by Miller, Melby, and Hanson, 1972-73), were built to serve that purpose. With the openly flamboyant new buildings around they form a quiet urban backdrop, and on the ground level they contribute to the open space of the Gateway district.

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