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METROPOLITAN DREAMS Living and Learning Course with Larry Millett

When Oct 16, 2019 06:30 PM to
Oct 23, 2019 08:30 PM
Where University of Minnesota, Continuing Education & Conference Center, 1890 Buford Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
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Metropolitan Dreams (Larry Millett)Larry Millett will be at the University of Minnesota on Wednesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. to teach a Living and Learning course entitled The Roaring 1880s: Minneapolis and Saint Paul Come of Age, based in part on his new book, Metropolitan Dreams: The Scandalous Rise and Stunning Fall of a Minneapolis Masterpiece. Register for the class ($95) here.


Against the thrumming backdrop of turn-of-the-century Minneapolis, architectural critic and historian Larry Millett recreates the impressive rise, and eventual fall, of the massive Metropolitan Building. Metropolitan Dreams is a tale of urban growing pains and architectural ghosts and of colorful, sometimes criminal characters amid the grandeur and squalor of building and rebuilding a city’s skyline.


"Minneapolis was booming and bursting, and the new wonder in green New Hampshire granite and red Lake Superior sandstone housed a magnificent twelve-story iron and glass light court, with six elevator cages, thousands of feet of detailed ironwork, and a rooftop observation tower 222 feet above the street. And there was drama: finagling, nefarious deals and vanished money through founder and speculator Louis Menage." —Lavender


"Larry Millett does a thorough job of conveying the beauty and uniqueness of this lost landmark, and its role in helping ignite our country’s preservation movement." —Minnesota Alumni


"In Metropolitan Dreams, Millett dives deeply into the building's design and realization, the Midwest city's decisions to develop and demolish, and even how parts of the building live on elsewhere in the city: a great read for Minnesotans but also preservationists in any state." —A Daily Dose of Architecture Books

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