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. 

Online registration has ended. Registration will be available onsite at the Saint Paul RiverCentre (SAH Registration desk, located on the upper level).

Onsite Registration Hours
Wednesday, April 18: 11 am - 7 pm
Thursday, April 19: 7 am - 6 pm
Friday, April 20: 7 am - 5 pm
Saturday, April 21: 7 am - 2 pm




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


Capitol
Strategies for Video and Oral Histories
“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 - ​online registration has ended
Organized by the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Tangible forms of evidence—buildings, landscapes, images, and documents—are integral to architectural and landscape history, but what of the memories of those who have shaped these environments and the experiences of those who have engaged and reshaped them? Oral and video histories have the potential to broaden the range of voices involved in the production of historical knowledge. This workshop presents methods for producing oral and video histories that you can adapt to your own projects. Specialists in videography and the use of smartphones for photography and recording will present various tools and techniques, and an oral historian will discuss best practices and ethical issues. To illustrate these methods, the workshop will feature clips from the “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.” To demonstrate these methods, the workshop will conclude with the production of short video interviews with people involved in the recent (and controversial) restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol.

>> 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 - ​online registration has ended; tickets will be available for purchase at the door

Over the past several decades, river cities throughout the world have faced the challenge of reconceiving and reconnecting with their postindustrial riverfronts. The SAH Saint Paul Seminar will focus on the rapidly changing postindustrial landscapes along the Twin Cities Mississippi River corridor. 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 to facilitate colonization, commerce, industry, and connections with regional and global systems. Today, the Twin Cities’ riverfronts have been transformed. Multiple stakeholders—from the National Park Service, historical societies, and government agencies, to Dakota people, designers, and developers—are invested in a new wave of redevelopment initiatives that engage the past and look to the future. These raise questions about accessibility and equity; about recognizing multiple forms of heritage, tangible and intangible; and about sustaining connections between the changing riverfront and the culturally diverse communities that form the Twin Cities. This seminar will give voice to varied perspectives by convening people who are reshaping the riverfront—planners, designers, historians, and community activists—to discuss the ways priorities conflict and converge as they reconceive the river’s multilayered—and multi-vocal—landscapes. Presentations and discussion will focus on three sets of sites: B’Dote and Fort Snelling, St. Paul’s proposed River Balcony project, and Minneapolis’s mill district and proposed Waterworks Park.

>> 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



Please see the Tour Booklet for tour descriptions and additional information. ​Online registration for tours has ended.



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



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
​SOLD OUT


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
SOLD OUT



TR12TR12 The Prairie School (and More) in Southern Minnesota
Richard Kronick, Independent Scholar
Ken Allsen, 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
SOLD OUT

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


TR15TR15 University of Minnesota: Renovation and Renewal
Laura Weber, Minnesota Historical Society, Tour Leader
Saturday, April 21
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35




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
​SOLD OUT

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
​SOLD OUT



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
​SOLD OUT



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
​SOLD OUT



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
​SOLD OUT



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
​SOLD OUT
​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 
​CANCELLED


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


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) SOLD OUT
11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (TR28) CANCELLED
12:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m. (TR29) SOLD OUT
Tickets: $45 each tour
SAH 2018 St Paul Conference

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