Gilbert, Cass (1859–1934)

One of America's first celebrity architects, Cass Gilbert is best known as the architect of the Woolworth Building in New York City, but he also designed the current Minnesota State Capitol building.

Casiville Bullard House, St. Paul

The 1909 Casiville Bullard House in St. Paul is a rare example of a house built and owned by an African American skilled laborer in the early twentieth century in Minnesota. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 in recognition of its significance.

Industrial Exposition Building, Minneapolis

Built in less than a year, the Industrial Exposition Building in Minneapolis housed the city's first Industrial Exposition in 1886 and the Republican National Convention of 1892. It dominated the Mississippi riverbank east of St. Anthony Falls for decades.

Buffington, Leroy Sunderland (1847–1931)

Sometimes known as the "Father of the Skyscraper," Leroy Sunderland Buffington was a prolific architect who had a lasting impact on the built environment of Minneapolis. In the 1880s, Buffington was nationally known. His office employed more than thirty draftsmen, making it the largest architectural office in the region.

West Hotel, Minneapolis

In 1884, the young city of Minneapolis got its first world-class hotel, the West Hotel. It was a match for the growing aspirations of the city, which until then had been served primarily by the Nicollet House, founded in 1857, before Minnesota was a state.

Archbishop John Ireland speaking at the dedication of the Exposition Building

Archbishop John Ireland speaking at the dedication of the Exposition Building

John Ireland speaking at the dedication of the Exposition Building, August 23, 1886.

Cass Gilbert standing before partial State Capitol dome

Cass Gilbert standing before partial State Capitol dome

Cass Gilbert standing before the partially completed State Capitol dome, 1901.

Cass Gilbert on roof of State Capitol

Cass Gilbert on roof of State Capitol

Cass Gilbert on the roof of the State Capitol, 1901.

People standing beside stone used for the Capitol

People standing beside stone used for the Capitol

People standing beside a large stone to be used in the construction of the State Capitol, c.1900. Photographer: Cass Gilbert.

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