Architecture

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Region: Southern
Benton House B&B
211 West Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Contact: Car or JoAn Burk
Phone: (507) 368-9484
Tour Focus: Tour an 1886 Italian style house restored into a lovely Bed & Breakfast ready to pamper you. Please allow at least 1 hour for the tour.
Group Size: no minimum, 20 maximum
Cost: $4/person
Availability: year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: owners

Lake Benton

Region: Southern
Historic 1896 Osbeck House
106 S Fremont Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Contact: Jack Burk
Phone: (507) 368-9343
Tour Focus: Restored and furnished Victorian, a beautiful example of the Queen Anne style popular in the 1890s. Please allow at least 1 hour for tour.
Group Size: 10 minimum, no maximum
Cost: $5/person
Availability: year-round, appointment

Lake Benton

Region: Southern
Opera House
Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone: (507) 368-4620
Tour Focus: Come tour this restored 1896 Opera House-renovated with new seats and air-conditioning. Scheduled performances are held from March through December.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $2/person
Availability: Mar-Dec by appointment

Lanesboro

Region: Southern
Lanesboro Lodging Tour
Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce
100 Milwaukee Road
PO Box 348
Lanesboro, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 467-2696
E-mail: info@lanesboro.com
Website: www.lanesboro.com
Tour Focus: Architecture, history, special interest. Lanesboro Lodging…Oh the choices! Lanesboro area’s diverse lodging choices offer all the modern amenities expected by today’s traveler. Cozy, comfortable and nationally recognized B&Bs, contemporary vacation rental homes, historic hotels and motels, log cabins/resorts and RV/campgrounds are all nestled in the Scenic Lanesboro area. As part of your tour to Lanesboro, many of the area lodging welcome you through their doors to see buildings rich in history, architecture, and uniqueness.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: free
Availability: year-round
Tour Guide: Innkeepers

Little Falls

Region: Central
Waller House Inn
301 Third Street SE
Little Falls, MN 56346
Phone: (320) 632-2836
Website: www.wallerhouseinn.com
Tour Focus: Come see a piece of history in an architecture tour of this 1897 Queen Anne Victorian Home-now a Bed and Breakfast.
Group Size: 8 minimum, 40 maximum
Cost: $4/person (includes tour and beverages)
Availability: year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: Raquel Lundberg, owner/innkeeper

Mankato

Region: Southern
R.D. Hubbard House
606 South Broad Street
Mankato, MN 55601
Contact: Jolynn Crowe
Phone: (507) 345-5566
E-mail: bechsms@hickorytech.net
Website: www.bechshistory.com
Tour Focus: Built in 1871, the Hubbard House is the oldest remaining example of a 19th century mansion in the area. Its cherry woodwork, three marble fireplaces, silk wall coverings and signed Tiffany lampshade enhance the French Second Empire-style architecture. The fine carriage house contains a collection of horse-drawn vehicles and antique autos. Award-winning Victorian gardens complement the two buildings.
Group Size: 10 minimum, 100 maximum
Cost: $3/adults, $1/child
Availability: year-round, summer weekends, 1pm-4pm
Tour Guide: guided

Minneapolis

Region: Metro
Christ Church Lutheran
3244 34th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: (612) 721-6611
Fax: (612) 728-0552
E-mail: mail@christchurchluth.org
Website: www.christchurchluth.org
Tour Focus: Designed by Eliel Saarinen and constructed in 1949, a later education wing designed by son, Eero, was added in 1962. The result is a rare blending of individual efforts by these two renowned architects. Though Aero is more known for such landmarks as The Gateway Arch, Dulles Airport the TWA terminal at JFK and IBM’s Rochester facility, the church has been described as a living symbol of architectural integrity, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Group Size: flexible
Cost: $10/person
Availability: by weekdays by advance arrangement
Tour Guide: trained docents

Minneapolis

Region: Metro
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
900 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 335-3309
Fax: (612) 332-8334
E-mail: tours@msfc.com
Website: www.msfc.com
Tour Focus: On this tour of the 290 ton woven fiberglass dome, see the home of the Minnesota Twins, Vikings, and the U of M Gopher football team. It has also been host to the Superbowl, two World Series, NCAA Final Four and the opening ceremonies for both the International Special Olympics and the USA Cup Soccer Tournament.
Group Size: no minimum, 150 maximum
Cost: $2-$3/person, $45 minimum for large groups
Availability: By reservation year-round, Mon-Sat
Tour Guide: guided
Tour Focus: On this tour of the 290 ton woven fiberglass dome, see the home of the Minnesota Twins, Vikings, and the U of M Gopher football team. It has also been host to the Superbowl, two World Series, NCAA Final Four and the opening ceremonies for both the International Special Olympics and the USA Cup Soccer Tournament.

Minneapolis

Region: Metro
Purcell-Cutts House
2328 Lake Place
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: (612) 870-3131
Website: www.artsmia.org/unified-vision
Tour focus: The Purcell-Cutts House is a gem of the Prairie School style, and one of the most significant examples in the country.  Designed and built in 1913 in the style of Louis Sullivan by Purcell for personal use, it was later occupied by the Cutts family, then bequeathed to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  In addition to outstanding Prairie School detail, most furnishings are original to the home. Numerous Prairie Style homes can be found around Lake of the Isles nearby, and furnishings from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Francis Little House can be found at the MIA.
Group Size: flexible
Cost: $5/adults, $4/students & seniors, under 12 – free
Availability: second weekend of each month
Tour Guide: trained docents

Minnetonka

Region: Metro
Charles H. Burwell House
13209 E. McGinty Rd
Minnetonka, MN, 55345
Contact: Laura Ronbeck
Phone: (952)939.8219  or (952) 930-3962
E-mail: lronbeck@eminnetonka.com or mtkahistory@yahoo.com
Tour focus:  Now on the National Register of Historic Sites, Charles Burwell’s home stands as a symbol of that time when milling made history in this area. Built in 1883, its restoration to the late 19th century traditions serves as an authentic view of that period. The Burwell House is a Victorian home, in the Italianate style. The furnishings in the home include many original Burwell pieces.  The five-acre site include’s Mr. Burwell’s mill office, now housing a museum of the Minnetonka milling area.
Group Size: flexible
Cost: free, donations accepted
Availability: Dec 7: holiday open house, May: Sat afternoons, Jun-Aug: Tue/Sat afternoons
Tour Guide: trained docents

Owatonna

Region: Southern
Louis Sullivan’s National Farmers Bank
101 N Cedar Ave
Owatonna, MN 55060
Phone: (507) 451-5670
Fax: (507) 451-3028
Tour Focus: Designed by architect Louis Sullivan in 1908, the National Farmers’ Bank Building embodies the best of Prairie-School Architecture. Inside and out, down to the tiniest detail, the materials, shapes, and colors are true to Sullivan’s philosophies.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: free
Availability: self-guided tours available, groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call in advance. Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm.

Red Wing

Region: Southern
T.B. Sheldon Auditorium Theater
443 West 3rd Street
Red Wing, MN 55066
Contact: Sean Dowse
Phone: (651) 388-8700
Fax: (651) 388-8717
E-mail: buytickets@sheldontheater.org
Website: www.sheldontheater.org
Tour Focus: Nation’s first municipal theater restored to its original 1904 beauty. Now hosts a variety of entertainment.
Group Size: no minimum, 436 maximum
Cost: discounted ticket price for group tours
Availability: year-round, by reservation
Tour Guide: guided

Redwood Falls

Region: Southern
Schult Homes Corporation
201 Industrial Drive
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Contact: Dennis Moore
Phone: (507) 644-3555
Fax: (507) 644-5167
Tour Focus: This tour focuses on the construction of manufactured housing.
Group Size: no minimum, 12 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: guided

Sandborn

Region: Southern
Sod Houses on the Prairie
12598 Magnolia Avenue
Sandborn, MN 56083
Contact: Virginia and Stan McCone
Phone: (507) 723-5138
Website: www.sodhouse.org
Tour Description: This tour focuses on life on the prairie with two authentic, furnished sod houses. It is an impressive glimpse into the architecture and life of the mid-1800s. Ties to the Laura Ingalls Wilder stories are made.
Group Size: 20 minimum, 40 maximum, flexible
Cost: $4/person
Availability: By appointment for groups, spring through late fall
Tour Guide: A variety of guides are available

St. Paul

Region: Metro
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Contact: Mary Connelly, Tour Coordinator
Phone: (651) 228-1766
Fax: (651) 228-9942
E-mail: tours@cathedralsaintpaul.org
Website: www.cathedralsaintpaul.org
Tour Focus: The Cathedral for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is of the architectural style known as “Beaux Arts.” It features 4 chapels finished in Italian marble, Shrines of Nations, honoring some of the nationalities and ethnic groups that settled the Twin Cities, bronze grilles in the sanctuary depicting the life of Saint Paul, and many stained glass windows. It is one of the largest Cathedrals in the United States.
Group Size: no minimum, 50 maximum
Cost: free, donations accepted
Availability: Guided tours every Mon, Wed and Fri at 1pm except holidays. Additional tours may be scheduled.

St. Paul

Region: Metro
Landmark Center
75 West 5th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Contact: Diane Lewis
Phone: (651) 292-3230
Fax: (651) 292-3272
E-mail: dlewis@landmarkcenter.org
Web Site: www.landmarkcenter.org
Tour Focus: Landmark Center offers public and private tours revealing a broad presentation of the building’s history and its beautifully restored courtrooms and Cortile. Tours can be tailored to the specific interests of groups, including its architecture, its restoration and preservation; and the famous and infamous personages who have assured Landmark Center’s place in history books.
Group Size and Cost: For building tour 10 minimum and 100 maximum, free. For special Gangster Tour - $50 minimum, plus $2/person after the first 25.
Availability: Tours should be booked at least two weeks in advance.
Tour Guide: guided

St. Paul

Region: Metro
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 296-2881
Fax: (651) 297-1502
E-mail: statecapitol@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/statecapitol
Tour Guide: guided on the hour, reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Self-guided option available.
Tour Focus: Designed by St. Paul native Cass Gilbert, this Italian Renaissance-style Capitol was completed in 1904. The exterior is constructed of gray granite and white Georgian marble, which met opposition in the post-Civil War era. The interior uses more than 20 kinds of marble and several types of Minnesota stone, and incorporated many new conveniences. Gilbert, who designed the US Supreme Court Building and Woolworth Building, also designed and directed the production of 1,600 furnishings in the Capitol. Other notables are the Governor’s Reception Room and Rathskeller Cafe. Tour groups may also visit the Quadriga, or golden horses, weather permitting.
Group Size: 10 minimum, no maximum, advance arrangements required.
Cost: free
Availability: year-round

St. Paul

Region: Metro
Summit Avenue Walking Tours
240 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: (651) 297-2555
E-mail: hillhouse@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org
Tour Focus: Summit Avenue is the nation’s longest street of Victorian homes. This 90-minute walking tour highlights the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them, as well as the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. Tours start at the James J. Hill House, but do not include House admission.
Group size: no minimum, 20 maximum.  Advance group arrangements required.
Availability: Sat & Sun at 11am & 2pm, May-Sep.
Cost: $10/adult, $8 senior/student, $6/ages 6-17; $2 discount/MHS members.