Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 36-2 Summer 2001

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

Volume 36

Volume 36, Number 2: Summer 2001

Landmarks Reborn: Channeling the Past into the Present
Author: Richard Moe
In this issue devoted to historic preservation, Minnesota native Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, leads off with a national perspective, marveling at how far our nation has come in its acceptance of the goals of historic preservation.
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Can History Come Alive? A Nation Finds Its Roots in Its Historic Sites
Author: Elmer L. Andersen
Former Governor Elmer L. Andersen makes the case for a sense of urgency in addressing the effort to preserve historic buildings, citing the failure to save the home of Ignatius Donnelly and success with the residences of early governors Henry Sibley and Alexander Ramsey, along with the home of Civil War General William G. Le Duc. He further argues the case for preservation and restoration of Fort Snelling.
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St. Paul’s Stately Old Buildings—Going, Going, Almost Gone`
Author: Georgia Ray Decoster
A similar case for preservation in St. Paul is made by George Ray DeCoster, widely celebrated for her ceaseless work in saving the Old Federal Courts Building in the heart of downtown St. Paul.
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Old Federal Courts Building—Beautiful, Unique—Its Style of Architecture Facing Extinction
Author: Eileen Michels
From the perspective of the architectural historian, Eileen Michels takes the reader inside this notable St. Paul landmark, in the Richardsonian Romanesque style that was not widely employed with nineteenth century buildings nor widely celebrated. Its resemblance to Boston’s Trinity Church, the Federal Building in Milwaukee, and the U.S. Post Office in Washington D.C. are illustrated.
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Preservation before Preservationists: The Beginnings of Preservation in St. Paul
Author: Charles W. Nelson
Charles Nelson traces the early efforts to preserve historic buildings in St. Paul, citing the restoration of homes in the Irvine Park Historic District, Old Town Restoration, the portion of Summit Avenue running from the Cathedral of St. Paul to the Burbank-Livingston-Griggs House at the top of Ramsey Hill.
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Book Reviews

Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave, Villard: The Life and Times of an American Titan (New York: Doubleday, 2001).

Jack El-Hai, Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000).

Robert F. Garland, R.I.P. 37E (St. Paul: iUniverse.com, 2000).
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