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A Century of Minnesota Architecture photographs

Identifier: N1
The collection consists of 100 8 x 10" black and white photographs by Jerome Liebling (Department of Art, University of Minnesota), for the book, A Century of Minnesota Architecture,by Donald Torbert (Minneapolis: Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, 1958). Fifty structures, dating from the early 1850s through the 1950s are pictured, including banks, churches, residences, commercial buildings, and schools. The majority of the photographs are of Minneapolis and St. Paul architecture; the remainder documents the architecture of other Minnesota communities, such as Owatonna, Rochester, and Duluth.

Twin Cities area buildings represented in the collection are the Minnesota Territorial Capitol (1851) and the present State Capitol (1896); the Alexander Ramsey house (St. Paul) (1872); Henry Sibley house (Mendota, MN) (1835); and the Cathedral of St. Paul (1905-1915). Other state buildings pictured are the National Farmers Bank (Owatonna) (1907-1908); Mayo Clinic (Rochester) (1926-1928); and the Kirk Building (Duluth) (1902).


  • 1850-1958
  • (bulk 1956-1958)


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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the use of materials in this collection. Copies can be requested if the condition of the originals warrants it.


100 items


The collection consists of 100 photograph illustrations taken by Jerome Liebling for A Century of Minnesota Architecture, edited by Donald Torbert.

Biographical or Historical Note

Jerome Liebling was an assistant professor and Donald Torbert was an associate professor in the art department at the University of Minnesota when they created the architectural exhibit in celebration of the Minnesota Centennial and the 75th anniversary of the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts.


The collection is arranged alphabetically.

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Revision Statements

  • April 7, 2015: EAD updated by Lisa Calahan.

Collecting Area

Part of the Northwest Architectural Archives Collecting Area