Architecture Minnesota
The Magazine of AIA Minnesota
Setting the Stage
July - August 2006
Vol. 32 No. 4

Minneapolis is positively buzzing with exciting new theaters and restaurants. Join us for an architectural night out on the town.
Staged for the River: Guthrie Theater page 24
By Camille LeFevre
Right on Cue: Cue at the Guthrie page 32
By Mason Riddle
A Leap Forward: Shubert Theater page 34
By Camille LeFevre
Straight & Narrow: Spoonriver page 38
By Nancy A. Miller
The Art of Storytelling: Children’s Theatre Company page 40
By Mason Riddle

Viva Mexico: MASA page 44
By Nancy A. Miller

Welcome to the Dolls’ House: Ritz Theater page 46
By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA  
49        TALK OF THE TOWN By Camille LeFevre
Small cities and towns across Minnesota are investing in performing-arts facilities that reflect their community character and values. Three of these projects caught our attention.
The Sound of Music page 50
In Northfield, a small-town community internationally recognized for its music ensembles, an elegant concert hall for the new middle school was a must.
A Loose Adaptation page 52
A prototype community theater, adapted from a pre-engineered road-salt storage barn, aims to bring a high-quality performance space to smaller communities.

Small Town, World-Class page 54
Marshall High School’s state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center was designed to attract the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and productions by the Guthrie Theater.
Departments & Directories
5         Editor’s Note

11       Culture Crawl by Kim Justice
What would a Minnesota summer be without a host of great art fairs? We thought we’d highlight a few of our favorites.
13       Speed Reading by Nancy A. Miller
An architectural feat—the construction of the Empire State Building—is the backdrop for a captivating romantic thriller.
15       Alter Ego by Paul Neuhaus, AIA
Shelter Architecture’s Kurt Gough, Assoc. AIA, has a background in prop design. Warning: Graphic description of gouged-out eyeballs lies ahead.
17      Notebook by Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA
At a recent symposium at the Weisman Art Museum, modernists Ralph Rapson, FAIA, and Bruce Abrahamson, FAIA, looked back on their long careers.
19        Discovery by Larry Millett
If you’ve never been to the 1950s-era Riverview Theater in south Minneapolis, you owe it to yourself to make the trek.
21        List by Paul Neuhaus, AIA
MS&R’s Tom Meyer, FAIA, a key player in the revival of the Minneapolis central riverfront, ranks his five favorite spots around St. Anthony Falls.

74      Place
Photographer Mike Melman lowers the curtains with a quiet image of Sebeka’s timeless village hall.
66      Directory of AIA Minnesota Firms
72      Credits
73      Advertising Index

On the Cover
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Architectural Alliance
Photographer: Don F. Wong

Mission Statement
Architecture Minnesota, the primary public outreach tool of the American Institute of Architects Minnesota, is published to inform the public about architecture designed by AIA Minnesota members and to communicate the spirit and value of quality architecture to both the public and the membership.