Public Events & Tours

PUBLIC EVENTS


The events and tours listed on this page are open to the public and are part of the 2018 Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, which will take place in Saint Paul, Minnesota, April 18-22. Please see the Saint Paul Program and Tour Booklet (below) for more information on these events. 

Registration for tours and events will open to the public on
February 21, 2018.



Voorsanger


Preserving the Present
The Voorsanger Architects Archive at the University of St. Thomas
Tuesday, April 17 (Pre-Conference Program)
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
University of St. Thomas, OEC Auditorium
2115 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN
Free; no registration required.

Bartholomew Voorsanger, Dell Upton, and Victoria Young will discuss the career of Voorsanger Architects PC and the process of creating an archive at the University of St. Thomas to preserve his firm’s architectural legacy. The conversation will be followed by a reception to view the accompanying exhibition, curated by Victoria Young.


Capitol
Strategies for Visual and Oral Documentation
“Modern Masters” and the Minnesota State Capitol
Wednesday, April 18
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. 
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, MN
Tickets: $40
Organized by the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

This workshop offers skills and tools for creating oral and video histories that document the experiences of those who have shaped and engaged with historic buildings and landscapes. Specialists in oral history, videography, and the use of smart phones for photography and recording will present various techniques that you can adapt for your own projects. Demonstrations of these techniques will feature the successful “Modern Masters” video oral history series, which documents “the architects, landscape architects, designers, historians, educators, critics, clients, and patrons who have made significant contributions to modernism in Minnesota.” Presenters will explain their techniques for set-up and interviews, show video clips, and conduct a new set of short interviews with people involved in the recent (and controversial) restoration of the lavish Minnesota State Capitol building, designed by Cass Gilbert.
>> See program book for full description and speakers
 

riverfront
SAH Saint Paul Seminar
“Confluences: Place, Change, and Meaning on the Mississippi”
Saturday, April 21
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Science Museum of Minnesota, Discovery Hall
120 West Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN
Tickets: $10

The SAH Saint Paul Seminar will focus on changing postindustrial landscapes along the Twin Cities Mississippi River Corridor. Both cities were born of their connections to the Mississippi: Saint Paul at the head of river navigation and Minneapolis beside the thundering power of St. Anthony Falls. Yet for millennia this region was—as it still is—Mni Sota Makoce, the Dakota people’s homeland. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Euro-Americans transformed the riverine landscape, installing infrastructure, warehouses, and factories that facilitated a vast region’s commerce, and mills that fed a global grain trade. By the late twentieth century, like so many other river cities, Minneapolis and Saint Paul faced the decline of industry and the challenge of reconceiving their connections with the river. This seminar will examine some of the ways the Twin Cities are meeting that challenge, and some of the issues that are arising in the process.
>> See program book for full description and speakers.
 
Two tours will be offered that complement the SAH Saint Paul Seminar: TR14 Challenges at Contested Sites and TR24 Along the Mississippi (see below).

TOURS



All tours are open to the public. Registration opens to the public on February 21. Please see the Tour Booklet for more information.



TR01TR01 Downtown Minneapolis Highlights
Tim Quigley, Quigley Architects
Wednesday, April 18
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35




TR02TR02 Built/Unbuilt: Original Works in the Northwest Architectural Archives
Barbara Bezat, University of Minnesota
Cheryll Fong, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, April 18
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35



TR03TR03 Purcell and Elmslie: Masters of Prairie School Architecture
Rolf Anderson, Historical Consultant
Wednesday, April 18
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50
​SOLD OUT



TR04TR04 Iconic Religious Sites in Minneapolis and Saint Paul
Jeanne Halgren Kilde, University of Minnesota
Robert Ferguson, University of St. Thomas and University of Minnesota
Wednesday, April 18
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35



TR05TR05 Religious Sites Walking Tour of Downtown Saint Paul
Jeanne Halgren Kilde, University of Minnesota
Robert Ferguson, University of St. Thomas and University of Minnesota
Thursday, April 19
1:30–2:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20
​SOLD OUT


TR06TR06 The Lowertown Historic District
Rolf Anderson, Historical Consultant
Thursday, April 19
1:30–2:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20
SOLD OUT



TR07TR07 Rice Park: An Intimate Enclosure Gives Grace to a City
Bob Roscoe, Design for Preservation
Thursday, April 19
1:30–2:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20




TR08TR08 Modernism and Saint Paul’s Urban Renewal
Todd Grover, MacDonald and Mack Architects
Thursday, April 19
1:30–2:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20
​SOLD OUT



TR09TR09 Downtown Deco
Brian Horrigan, Minnesota Historical Society
Friday, April 20
1:30–2:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20
​SOLD OUT



TR10TR10 Preservation Successes in Saint Paul
Erin Hanafin Berg, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
Friday, April 20
1:30–2:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20
​SOLD OUT



TR11TR11 The Historic Irvine Park Neighborhood
Kristin Anderson, Augsburg University
Friday, April 20
1:30–2:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20




TR12TR12 The Prairie School (and More) in Southern Minnesota
Richard Kronick, Independent Scholar
Saturday, April 21
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50
​SOLD OUT



TR13TR13 Between the Cores: The Built History of University Avenue
Denis Gardner, , Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office
Leslie Coburn, Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office
​In partnership with Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF)
Saturday, April 21
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20



TR14TR14 Challenges at Contested Sites: Mississippi River and Fort Snelling
Pat Nunnally, University of Minnesota
Saturday, April 21
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50

This tour complements the SAH Saint Paul Seminar (see above) that takes place Saturday morning.


TR15TR15 Challenges at Contested Sites: Mississippi River and Fort Snelling
Pat Nunnally, University of Minnesota
Saturday, April 21
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50




TR16TR16 Minneapolis Art Museum Highlights
Tim Quigley, Quigley Architects
Saturday, April 21
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45
​SOLD OUT



TR17TR17 Cass Gilbert in Saint Paul
Marjorie Pearson, Cass Gilbert Society
Katherine Solomonson, University of Minnesota
Cindy Stephani, Minnesota Historical Society
Saturday, April 21
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35


TR18TR18 From Lager Houses to Craft Brewing: Making Beer in the Twin Cities
Kristin Anderson, Augsburg University
Saturday, April 21
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35




TR19TR19 Saint John’s Abbey and University: Breuer and Beyond
Victoria Young, University of St. Thomas
Angela Wolf Scott, MacDonald and Mack Architects
Sunday, April 22
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50
​SOLD OUT


TR20-27-28-29TR20 Frank Lloyd Wright: The Willey House in Minneapolis
Steve and Lynette Sikora, The Willey House
Sunday, April 22
8:45 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Tickets: $45




TR21TR21 Purcell and Elmslie: Masters of Prairie School Architecture
Rolf Anderson, Historical Consultant
Sunday, April 22
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50




TR22TR22 Summit Avenue: Saint Paul’s Grand Boulevard
Brian Horrigan, Minnesota Historical Society
Sunday, April 22
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35




TR23TR23 The University Grove: Modernist Houses
Dennis Gimmestad
Sunday, April 22
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35




TR24TR24 Along the Mississippi: Past, Present, and Future
National Park Service Staff
Sunday, April 22
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $70

​This tour complements the SAH Saint Paul Seminar that takes place Saturday morning (see above).


TR25TR25 Twin Cities Parks: Landscape Architecture for the West
Frank Edgerton Martin, Historical Consultant
Sunday, April 22
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50 




TR26TR26 Modernism in Minnesota
Todd Grover, MacDonald and Mack Architects
Sunday, April 22
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50




TR20-27-28-29TR27 - TR29 Frank Lloyd Wright: The Willey House in Minneapolis
Steve and Lynette Sikora, The Willey House
Sunday, April 22
10:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. (TR27)
11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (TR28)
12:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m. (TR29)
Tickets: $45 each tour
SAH 2018 St Paul Conference

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