Modern love: Book sheds light on midcentury modernism in Minnesota

By Lynn Underwood
Star Tribune

Millett_Minnesota coverAuthor Larry Millett feels right at home in the George and Annirene Buck House in St. Paul. "It has every modern gesture — a floating staircase with steel rods, corner fireplace, a wall of glass with a sliding door opening to a Hollywood Hills-like view," said Millett of the 1956 free-flowing split-level.

"It's a house built for martinis."

The Buck House, which has been sensitively restored by owners John Soranno and Michelle Michel, is one of a dozen dramatic midcentury modern residences across the state spotlighted in Millett's lush new coffee-table book, "Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury" (University of Minnesota Press, $49.95).

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