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BASILICA OF SAINT MARY
What originated as the vision of Archbishop
John Ireland became the nation’s first basilica,
a Beaux Arts-style wonder designed by French
architect Emmanuel Louis Masqueray and
honored by Pope Pius XI.
CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PAUL
Also the vision of Ireland and work of
Masqueray, this cathedral sits on Summit
Hill and possesses characteristic features such
as a 120-foot-wide dome, rounded arches,
large stained glass windows, Italian marble
and native granite and travertine.
MINNESOTA STATE CAPITOL
After nearly 12 years of planning and construction, the state’s third capitol building
opened in 1905. Designed by then 35-year-old
local architect Cass Gilbert (who was later
responsible for the United States Supreme
Court Building), the Renaissance-style building has a dome that echoes that of St. Peter’s
Basilica and a golden Quadriga designed
by Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the
Lincoln Memorial. It is home to Minnesota’s
STONE ARCH BRIDGE
Made of native granite and limestone, the
bridge and its 23 arches span 2, 100 feet
across the Mississippi River—the only one of
its kind. Built by railroad baron James J. Hill
in 1883, the oldest mainline railroad bridge in
the Northwest is now a prime path for walkers
and bikers and place to view St. Anthony Falls.
This is the nation’s longest avenue of preserved Victorian homes and has been called by
the American Planning Association “one of
the top 10 great streets in America.” The storied four-mile avenue is an enclave of historic
mansions, including those in Queen Anne,
Beaux Arts, Colonial Revival and Italian
Renaissance styles, and includes the former
home of James J. Hill, stomping grounds of
F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Governor’s mansion
and home of Garrison Keillor.
WEISMAN ART MUSEUM
Designed by world-renowned architect Frank
Gehry, this glimmering stainless steel structure won him the Progressive Architecture
Design Award. The building, which was
named after Minnesota native Fredrick R.
Weisman, serves as a teaching museum for
the University of Minnesota and houses a
collection of more than 17,000 works.
DESIGN AND HISTORY MARRY TO CREATE SOME OF THE CITIES’ MOST REMARKABLE SITES.