July – August 2005
Vol. 31 No. 4


20 Spotlight Central The newly expanded Walker Art Center takes center stage—and gets a standing ovation By Mason Riddle

28 Making Waves VJAA’s Porter Boathouse adds a splash of modernism to an historic campus setting By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

32 Pillar of the Community BKV Group’s Edina City Hall combines strength and transparency, traditional materials and modernist form By Barbara Knox

Red, White & True KKE Architects converts a deteriorating 1950s auto repair shop into a lively frozen custard shop and neighborhood hangout By Dorothy Rand

Riverfront Features

38 The Big Picture The revitalization of St. Paul’s Harriet Island and Upper Landing is nearly complete. Now the city embarks on an effort to transform its 17 miles of public parks, natural habitat, and cultural amenities along the Mississippi into a single Great River Park. By Frank Edgerton Martin

44 Riverfront Awakening An open-air, site-specific dance performance on the summer solstice invites audiences to experience the Minneapolis riverfront with fresh eyes By Camille LeFevre

49 Pillsbury Portfolio Architectural photographer Robert Meier uncovers a rich history in the flour-dusted, partially gutted interiors of the Pillsbury A Mill Text by Glenn Gordon


5 Editor’s Note The Place to Be

7 Overview 2005 Home of the Month Selections

11 Newsmakers Underlighting of Minneapolis’ Stone Arch Bridge by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle; Thorbeck Architects to design new Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota; Cuningham Group Architecture named lead education consultant for Trollwood Performing Arts School expansion in Moorhead By Bette Hammel

13 Endangered Land economics in downtown Minneapolis threaten First Avenue, one of the country’s premier rock venues and the site of a rich cultural history By Robert Roscoe

15 Citizen Architect From the 15th-century De Re Aedificatoria to Dwell magazine, architecture publishing has had a major impact on the design of the built environment By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA

19 Talking Point “The River Runs Through Us,” a recent symposium sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, examined our region’s stewardship of the Mississippi River By Lance M. Neckar

64 Directory of Renovation, Remodeling, and Restoration

70 Project Credits

71 Advertising Index

72 Fast Forward Guthrie Theater; Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris, France, design architect; Architectural Alliance, Minneapolis, architect of record

Walker Art Center Expansion
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron/Hammel, Green and Abrahamson
Photographer: Paul Warchol

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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.