Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 28-3 Fall 1993

Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.

Volume 28

Volume 28, Number 3: Fall 1993

The Newly Restored, Newly Renovated City Hall-County Courthouse
Author: Thomas J. Kelley
On the occasion of the completion of its renovation, the story of the financing, building, and decoration of Ramsey County’s art deco marvel (1929–32), and then its renewal sixty years later.
PDF of Kelley – Courthouse article

What IS Art Deco?
Author: Thomas J. Kelley
A short history of the iconic American architectural style of the 1920s and ‘30s.
PDF of Kelley – Art Deco article

A Short and Happy History of Ramsey County and Its Two Earlier Courthouses
Author: Dane Smith
The courthouse elsewhere celebrated in this issue was Ramsey County’s third. This article tells the story of the first (1850–1889), a very simple structure; and the second (1889–1932), Edward Bassford’s handsome but quickly obsolete Richardsonian Romanesque pile.
PDF of Smith – Courthouses article

Creation in Stone: Carl Milles’s ‘Finest’: The God of Peace
Author: Dane Smith
St. Paul’s most famous artwork is the giant Mexican-onyx figure that dominates City Hall’s Memorial Hall. The artist was an enigmatic Swede, Carl Milles, whose first few proposals were rejected by the courthouse commissioners. He then disappeared for some months before returning with a design that people admired for decades.
PDF of Smith – Peace article

Growing Up in St. Paul: The Return of the Cotters: A Family’s Story
Author: Dorothy Cotter Chaput, as told to Thomas C. Buckley
The Cotter children grew up mostly in rural Wisconsin, but one by one they made their ways to St. Paul starting in 1920. The author recounts her life and theirs, providing an evocative sense of life in the city from the 1920s into the 1960s.
PDF of Chaput & Buckley article

PDF of Letters to the Editor