Art and Architecture – Minneapolis/St. Paul MN & Bloomington MN
Architecture in Minnesota is beautiful and distinct. You can see this firsthand when you tour architectural masterpieces, such as the Minnesota State Capitol and Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge.
The Minnesota State Capitol is one of the most visited sites featuring the largest unsupported marble dome in the world and a regal interior. This landmark is located in St. Paul, MN, and is open to visitors year round.
The Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge is a whimsical bridge with supporting arches and an enclosed walking space. Enjoy the bridge’s pastel colors of blue and yellow as well as the poetry written across the walk way. This architectural gem crosses 16 lanes of traffic between downtown, Loring Park and the Lowry Hill neighborhood.
For art and architecture in Minneapolis, check out the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, located on the campus of the University of Minnesota Minneapolis. Opened in 1934, this museum houses an extensive art collection of 20th century American art. This is a unique place to visit – the building itself is one of the most interesting pieces of architecture Minnesota has!
American Swedish Institute2600 Park Ave Minneapolis, MN 55407 US +1-612-871-4907
EAST MINNEAPOLIS. This distinctive museum is housed in the turn-of-the-century Turnblad Mansion, Minneapolis' only castle, complete with intricate stone carvings and gargoyles. The historic mansion and sleek Nelson Cultural Center allow ASI to host contemporary art, music, and craft programs inspired by enduring ties to Sweden. ASI's café, FIKA, was named Best Lunch in Minnesota by the Star Tribune in 2013.
Basilica of Saint Mary88 N 17th St Minneapolis, MN 55403 US +1-612-333-1381
DOWNTOWN. Built almost a hundred years ago, this stately, impressive basilica serves the oldest Catholic parish in Minneapolis. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the church features entrance towers made of white Vermont granite and a copper dome that rises almost 200 feet. The sanctuary floor is made of pink Tennessee marble, and the nave is one of the widest in the world. Visitors should be respectful of masses being conducted; self-guided tour brochures can be found at the back of the sanctuary.
Foshay Tower821 Marquette Ave Minneapolis, MN 55402 US +1-651-259-3000
DOWNTOWN. At 32 stories and 447 feet, Foshay Tower seems small by today's skyscraper standards. However, the tower, built in 1929, was the tallest building in Minneapolis until 1971, when it was eclipsed by the 775-foot IDS Tower. Today, Foshay Tower is a well-preserved remnant of graceful, 1920s-era Art Deco style and is home to the W Hotel Minneapolis.
Irene Hixon Whitney BridgeVineland Pl Minneapolis, MN 55403 US +1-612-230-6400
DOWNTOWN. This whimsical, pastel yellow-and-blue pedestrian bridge, designed by Siah Armajani, features graceful supporting arches and an enclosed private walking space, complete with poetry to read on the journey. It crosses 16 lanes of bustling I-94 traffic between downtown, Loring Park, and the Lowry Hill neighborhood.
James J. Hill House240 Summit Ave St. Paul, MN 55102 US +1-651-297-2555
SUMMIT AVENUE. The Romanesque Revival James J. Hill House hearkens back to a time when only a handful of individuals held wealth and power in "frontier towns" like St. Paul. Jim Hill, the Great Northern Railway mogul, was one such man, and his enormous, sprawling home still maintains its stately watch over local goings-on. Present-day visitors are led through common areas, servants' quarters, and the family's private rooms a true journey back to the Gilded Age. A skylit art gallery also showcases Minnesota artists and works. Tour reservations are recommended.
Minnesota State Capitol75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd St. Paul, MN 55155 US +1-651-296-2881
DOWNTOWN. An architectural masterpiece, the capitol building boasts the largest unsupported marble dome in the world and a palatial interior. As such, the landmark is considered one of the nation's most beautiful state capitol buildings. The front steps offer breathtaking views of the downtown area, of St. Paul's Cathedral, and of the Mississippi River Valley. Statuary and murals represent the history and principles of the state. The Senate, House of Representatives, and Supreme Court Chambers are located on the second floor. The Minnesota Historical Society conducts free tours.
Purcell - Cutts House2328 Lake Pl Minneapolis, MN 55405-2472 US +1-612-870-6323
UPTOWN. The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts owns this early 20th-century home, which was restored in 1991. The fascinating residence features decorative touches typical of Prairie School architecture and design, including intricate stenciling and art-glass windows. Many of the original furnishings remain in the low-slung structure. Tours are given at 10am, 11am, noon, and 1pm on Saturday and at noon, 1pm, and 2pm on Sunday. Reservations are required.
Rice Park109 4th St W St. Paul, MN 55102 US +1-651-632-5111
DOWNTOWN. Rice Park, the heart of St. Paul's downtown, is the perfect urban square. Some of the city's most notable architectural landmarks, such as the St. Paul Hotel, Ordway Music Theater, St. Paul Public Library, and the Landmark Center, surround the city-owned park. The public space hosts a variety of musical, artistic, and theatrical festivities throughout the year.
Weisman Art Museum333 E River Rd University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 55455 US +1-612-625-9494
UNIVERSITY. This Minneapolis museum's truly unique collection is a definite must-see. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the museum building houses the University of Minnesota's extensive collection of 20th-century American art. The permanent collection includes more than 17,000 works and spans a diverse variety of styles and genres, including American modernism, Mimbres pottery, Korean furniture and ceramics. Featured artists include Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O'Keeffe and Marcel Duchamp. Special exhibits are scheduled throughout the year.