How Architecture Has Shaped the State

Three Thousand Years of Building in Minnesota

Expert Essay: Architectural historian Larry Millett, author of Lost Twin Cities and numerous other books, offers a colorful tour of notable Minnesota buildings and building styles, from American Indian burial mounds to Beaux Arts monuments and suburban big boxes.

The H. G. Leathers House, St. Francis, Minnesota, July 1990. Photographer unknown. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society (Object ID# 3000.3.31).

H. G. Leathers House

The H. G. Leathers House, St. Francis, Minnesota, July 1990. Photographer unknown. Used with the permission of Anoka County Historical Society (Object ID# 3000.3.31).

Henry G. Leathers House

The house built in the 1880s by Henry G. Leathers on a site near the Rum River is a prime example of late-Victorian architecture in Anoka County. Used as both a dry goods store and a family home, the building is dually significant—first for its level of preservation and second for its association with a family that contributed to the commercial, social, and religious history of the town of St. Francis for three generations.

The Jackson Hotel (214 Jackson Street, Anoka), ca. 1909. Photograph by T. G. J. Pease.

Jackson Hotel

The Jackson Hotel (214 Jackson Street, Anoka), ca. 1909. Photograph by T. G. J. Pease.

Jackson Hotel

The Jackson Hotel (214 Jackson Street, Anoka), 1978. Photograph by Robert Kirchner.

Postcard of the front of the Jackson Hotel, ca. 1939. The postcard was sent to relatives by Inez Foley, who worked at the hotel for a time. Used with the permission of the Anoka County Historical Society.

Jackson Hotel

Postcard of the front of the Jackson Hotel, ca. 1939. The postcard was sent to relatives by Inez Foley, who worked at the hotel for a time. Used with the permission of the Anoka County Historical Society.

Image from a glass plate negative showing the front desk of the Jackson Hotel, ca. 1926. Cigars for sale are visible in the case, and a timetable for the Anoka Electric Line is fixed to the back of the cash register. Art Anderson is one of the men in the photograph. This image was used as an advertisement at Green’s Theater, located on Main Street in Anoka a few blocks from the hotel. Photographer unknown. Used with the permission of the Anoka County

Jackson Hotel lobby

Image from a glass plate negative showing the front desk of the Jackson Hotel, ca. 1926. Cigars for sale are visible in the case, and a timetable for the Anoka Electric Line is fixed to the back of the cash register. Art Anderson is one of the men in the photograph. This image was used as an advertisement at Green’s Theater, located on Main Street in Anoka a few blocks from the hotel. Photographer unknown. Used with the permission of the Anoka County

: The Jackson Hotel (214 Jackson Street, Anoka), 1978. Photograph by Robert Kirchner.

Jackson Hotel

: The Jackson Hotel (214 Jackson Street, Anoka), 1978. Photograph by Robert Kirchner.

Anoka’s Jackson Hotel, built in the 1870s and then rebuilt by Charles G. Jackson in 1884 after a fire. Photo by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever, July 2, 2013.

Jackson Hotel (Billy’s Bar & Grill)

Anoka’s Jackson Hotel, built in the 1870s and then rebuilt by Charles G. Jackson in 1884 after a fire. Photo by Wikimedia Commons user McGhiever, July 2, 2013.

Jackson Hotel

Originally built in the 1870s at 214 Jackson Street in Anoka, the Jackson Hotel was destroyed in an 1884 fire. It was quickly rebuilt and continued to function as a hotel until 1975, making it a center of local commerce and social gatherings for more than ninety years.

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