1900-1906 Minnesota photographs: Minneapolis and Saint Paul

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Makes you wonder why they needed a Post Office of this quality and size. One again we see but a handful of people, if any, in those images.

Anyways, below are seven photographs of the Minnesota cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

All the photographs pertain to 1900-1906. Is there anything interesting you see there?

Circa 1902. Post office at St. Paul, Minnesota..jpgThe Minneapolis Public Library circa 1900-1906. This 1884 Romanesque Revival building, designe...jpg
Circa 1905. City Hall and Court House - St. Paul, Minnesota..jpgMinneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1905. Chamber of Commerce..jpgMinneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1905. Courthouse and City Hall..jpgMinneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1905. Northwestern Guaranty Loan Building..jpgSt. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1905. Ryan Hotel.jpg
KD: rosette flower thingy, sliding windows, complicated designs, empty streets, buried first floors.
This elaborate plaster or whatever type of design work, throws everything off. Why would they need to go through all of this?
 

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Lots of those spires, but electric lines are present in these.

Architecture is off the hook and just plain beautiful. Do these buildings exist anymore? Do we know the architects?
 
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Architecture is off the hook and just plain beautiful. Do these buildings exist anymore? Do we know the architects?
I have no clue. A lot of this type of buildings were demolished for various reasons. Some you will walk by without having a slightest idea what it used to look like in the past. Below is an example. Clearly, somebody out here does not want these buildings.

Rees-Winans Block in Walla Walla, WA.

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USA is very small,no place for Asphalt parkings...:censored:

"The decade of the 1950s, one must remember, opened the floodgates to “urban renewal,” a euphemistic term that in hindsight might better be referred to as “urban wreckage.” This movement swept across the country over a span of two decades, destroying many hundreds, if not thousands, of buildings of architectural merit simply because they were old and viewed as beyond usefulness. The irony is that many of those destroyed were replaced by asphalt parking lots in worship to America’s greatest and most prolific creation, the automobile. Regrettably, Walla Walla is not blameless in following this trend, as witnessed by the many gaps along Main Street, some filled with for the most part ho-hum newer Buildings."

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I would certainly put this movement next to such movements as book burning or iconoclasm (Bildersturm) Right?
 

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Makes you wonder why they needed a Post Office of this quality and size. One again we see but a handful of people, if any, in those images.
Amboy, California (off Route 66) has a population of just 4, and yet has its very own post office!

Very quaint little town, but sadly dying (again) due to lack of visitors.
 

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Most of the pictures show streets not only without people but without trees, and where we can see trees, that are no more, than 40- 60 years old.
Does it mean, that if mudflood has happened, it was so recent, that the trees had no time to grow bigger?
 
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I think you could be spot on @hajni. I have something in the works on this. Hopefully within a week or two...
 

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Makes you wonder why they needed a Post Office of this quality and size. One again we see but a handful of people, if any, in those images.

Anyways, below are seven photographs of the Minnesota cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

All the photographs pertain to 1900-1906. Is there anything interesting you see there?

KD: rosette flower thingy, sliding windows, complicated designs, empty streets, buried first floors.
This elaborate plaster or whatever type of design work, throws everything off. Why would they need to go through all of this?
I'm seeing the same red/white or dark/light colors above arches or built into the structure as in so many other city's old style. It must have just popped up all over the world at about the same time by coincidence.../s
 

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