The Magazine of AIA Minnesota
The Magazine of AIA Minnesota
Inspiration, Past & Present
July - August 2008
Vol. 34 No. 4
Jul/Aug 2008 Press Release
28 REMEMBERING RALPH RAPSON
By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA
The longtime dean of Minnesota architects passed away in March at age 93. Thomas Fisher celebrates the designer, the educator, and the man whose “modest demeanor gave cover to his tenacity and courage to do what he thought was right.”
31 ARTS + SCIENCES
Two community-fostering new facilities—a music-education center and a campus for a medical-technology company—light the path to the future, while a newly historic roadside work of art celebrates a milestone.
32 Gliding to the Future: Medtronic Campus
By Frank Edgerton Martin
38 A Musical Arrangement: MacPhail Center for Music
By Camille LeFevre
42 Wright Side of the Road: Lindholm Service Station
By Linda Mack
45 ARCHITECTS’ DOZEN
Introduction by Tom Meyer, FAIA
Sesquicentennials put us in a list-enumerating frame of mind here at Architecture Minnesota. In last year’s summer issue, we marked the American Institute of Architects’ 150th anniversary by asking 10 notable Minnesotans to expand upon AIA’s 10 Principles for Livable Communities. This year, we honor Minnesota’s sesquicentennial by inviting 13 of the state’s top architectural ambassadors to write about buildings that have inspired them. Some of the selections may surprise you, but the ways in which the writers have connected with the buildings will no doubt seem very familiar.
Departments & Directories
7 Editor’s Note
13 Culture Crawl by Emily Dowd
A summer of milestones offers numerous opportunities to step back into Minnesota’s distant and recent past.
15 Speed Reading by Frank Edgerton Martin
A new book tells the fascinating story of the building of a steel-company town in Duluth a century ago.
19 Why It Works by Adam Regn Arvidson
There’s a reason why the IDS Crystal Court in downtown Minneapolis is such a beloved indoor space. A few reasons, actually.
21 Studio by Brandon Stengel, Assoc. AIA
For an example of what Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle can do with a derelict historic building, check out their Mill District office.
25 Power Points by David Eijadi, FAIA
Minnesota’s own sustainable-design guidelines—Buildings, Benchmarks, and Beyond—outmeasures its national counterparts.
27 Wayfarer by Pete Sieger, AIA
A local architect-photographer travels to Paris and photographs the gritty urban romance of the Métro.
Photographer Doug Ohman closes our sesquicentennial-themed issue with a quiet image of the ruins of Fort Ridgely.
68 Directory of Renovation, Remodeling, Restoration
73 Advertising Index
On the Cover
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis
Photographer comment: “I really like the graphic nature of the building,” says photographer Andrea Rugg. “Its modern, unconventional lines, the graphic type on the canopy, and the contrast of silver- and copper-colored metals brought many possibilities for interesting compositions. I hardly noticed the cold that early spring morning. I was enjoying myself.”
Architecture Minnesota, the primary public outreach tool of the American Institute of Architects Minnesota, is published to inform the public about architecture designed by AIA Minnesota members and to communicate the spirit and value of quality architecture to both the public and the membership.