MODERNISM IN MINNESOTA
Jane King Hession, Architectural Historian
This overview will consider the architects who brought modernism to Minnesota and designed some of the state’s most significant modern buildings. They include: Frank Lloyd Wright, whose 1934 house for Malcolm and Nancy Willey was a prototype of the Usonian houses he would design for the next twenty-five years; Winston and Elizabeth Close, founders (in 1938) of the first firm in the state committed solely to modern design; and architect and educator Ralph Rapson, whose iconic design for the 1963 Tyrone Guthrie Theatre (demolished in 2006) put Minneapolis on the national cultural map.
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