Architecture of the Twin Cities
Course Instructor: Kristin Anderson is a professor of art at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, where she teaches courses in art history and architectural history. She is a graduate of Oberlin College (A.B>), Luther Seminary (M.A.), and the University of Minnesota (M.A. and Ph.D.). In addition to teaching at Augsburg, Kristin works as an educator and tour guide at Target Field, and she is currently working on a book on the history of sports facilities in the Twin Cities.
Course Information: Tuesdays, September 9-October 14, 2014, 1:00-3:00 p.m., O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, UST St. Paul Campus
Course Description: Get to know the designed environment of the Twin Cities as we study the architectural and urban history of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Through fully illustrated presentations, we will explore historical and contemporary buildings and spaces, including famous examples of design excellence in our midst. Come along for a virtual tour of the Twin Cities!
Registration fee for the series: $80.00 per person
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Link to campus map: St. Paul Campus Map
Detailed Course Syllabus (subject to change):
Introduction to the Twin Cities
We will learn about the establishment of Saint Paul and Minneapolis as urban places, the styles of architecture we will be seeing throughout the program sessions, and some of the earliest sites and buildings in the Twin Cities.
The Central Business Districts
We will spend some time studying the past and present of the two downtowns of the Twin Cities, including the monuments of business and industry that helped to launch the cities. Given that Saint Paul and Minneapolis were founded at the sites of their downtowns, it is particularly interesting to study the change over time in these areas.
For millennia, people have invested significant resources in their religious spaces, making these among the most beautiful and meaningful buildings in a community. Looking at sacred space also helps us to understand the communities of culture, faith, and ethnicity that have formed our cities.
Arts and Culture/Government
In this session, we will look at two categories of important buildings: arts and culture spaces and government spaces. The development of a strong arts community in the Twin Cities is reflected in the structures built for exhibition and performance, including a number of significant recent additions. We will also see the evolution of the capitols and the various city and county buildings built to support government functions.
Green Space/Sports Space
The Twin Cities are justly famous for their natural beauty, enhanced by parks, parkways, and even cemeteries. We will consider how and why we came to be surrounded by these wonderful resources. We will also look at the development of sports facilities in the Twin Cities.
Housing and Transportation
When Saint Paul and Minneapolis were established, places of residence, business, and industry were mixed together, but as the cities grew, so did neighborhoods and districts largely devoted to residential use. We will look at the variety of housing - from Summit Avenue to the suburbs - as we explore this aspect of the Twin Cities. We will conclude with a look at the transportation infrastructure and facilities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.