November-December 2003
Vol. 29, No. 6


Overview Vomitorium, Young Architect Award, 25-Year Award, convention preview

Newsmakers State Capitol complex expansion, Nicholson Hall rehab, the turtle-shaped Fond du Lac Ojibwe School By Bette Hammel

Endangered The Litchfield Opera House isn’t just an old brick building, but a golden opportunity if the right use can be found
By Robert Roscoe

Citizen Architect After decades of fractured architectural discourse, America is ready for an urban vision and architects ready to reinvest in urban planning By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA

Interview Charlene Roise, a historian for hire, says the preservation of historic buildings adds layers of memory that reinforce local culture By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA

Talking Point Shiny new venues for art, music and sport polish society’s pride and burnish the collective psyche By Bill Beyer, FAIA

Directory of General Contractors

Project Credits

Advertising Index

Fast Forward Rochester Art Center


Ruin Renaissance Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle revives the Washburn A Mill with an inspired juxtaposition of old and new
By Camille LeFevre

Music of the Sphere Stanius Johnson, with Cesar Pelli, FAIA, as design architect, create a music-performance hall that is itself a finely tuned instrument By Camille LeFevre

Curtain Call Hammel, Green and Abrahamson restores The Historic Pantages Theatre to its original resplendence
By Jane King Hession, Assoc. AIA

Learning Spaces, Gathering Places Three new neighborhood public libraries—Wayzata, by Collins Hansen; Hopkins by Kodet Architectural Group; and Pierre Bottineau by RSP—invigorate their communities By Bette Hammel

Arts Towns, Our Towns Artists and arts organizations generate the culture centers that make our neighborhoods, towns and cities vital and viable places to live By Regina Flanagan

2003 AIA Minnesota Firm Award The Weidt Group earns AIA MN's 2003 Firm Award for collaborating with architects and engineers on business-smart, sustainable-design solutions By Camille LeFevre


Mill City Museum Complex
Architect: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle
Photographer: Assassi Productions, Inc.