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About Placeography

Placeography is a wiki where you can share the history of and stories about a house, building, farmstead, public land, neighborhood or any place to which you have a personal connection. If you don't have a place to contribute, please enjoy learning about others.

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August's Featured Place
Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Saint Paul, Minnesota

"Construction of the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul began early in 1896. The immense undertaking was completed nine years later. This was not the state's first capitol building. The initial attempt, at Tenth and Cedar Streets, was completed in 1853 as the territorial capitol, and it continued as the seat of Minnesota's government with statehood in 1858. After two expansions, in 1874 and 1878, the pedestrian Greek revival-style statehouse was consumed by fire. It was replaced with a new building on the same site in 1872. With the third building, Minnesota finally got it right. A marvelous Renaissance monument in the Beaux-Arts tradition, the elegant design was the handiwork of St. Paul architect Cass Gilbert, who embraced the grandeur with traditional architectural forms." -Denis Garner from his article in Minnesota History magazine, Winter 2016-2017. A celebration of the Minnesota State Capitol restoration will be held at the Capitol on August 11-13, 2017.

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Old Highland

The area known today as the Old Highland Neighborhood was opened for settlement in 1857. During the period of the 1860s much of Old Highland was platted. A major growth of the Old Highland Neighborhood occurred during the 1880s and 1890s. This period saw large architecturally designed and contractor-built residences of distinctive period styles. The population was generally merchants who operated businesses along Washington, Plymouth, and West Broadway.

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ARCH 5674 Class Project
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