Architecture: The Little Falls Boomtown Legacy

Are you curious about local architecture?  Do you like to eat?  Well, we have a program just for you.  On Sunday, October 7, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls, MN, we are hosting our annual dinner meeting program.  This year’s topic is “Architecture:  The Little Falls Boomtown Legacy.”  We’ll have a digital slideshow featuring historic photos of houses and structures from throughout Morrison County.  There will also be an exhibit of current photos of area homes.

But we’re not going to leave the evening at just that.  No, sir.  We also have a guest speaker, Paul Clifford Larson, who has been studying architecture and public history for the past 25 years.  He has made a special study of how boom eras affect architecture and will discuss the architecture of Little Falls in relation to the boom that occurred from 1890 to the early 1900s.

Larson has also written books on two architects who contributed to the architecture of Little Falls.  These architects were Cass Gilbert, who co-designed The Antlers Hotel and Northern Pacific Depot in town, and Clarence Johnston, who designed the Weyerhaeuser and Musser homes.  Cass Gilbert is best known in Minnesota for having designed our state capitol.  Johnston contributed greatly to the architecture of Summit Avenue in St. Paul, MN.

In case you’re interested in the menu for the evening, guests will be served turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans, coleslaw, cranberries, rolls, and apple crisp.  A good fall meal.

The cost to attend this program is $15 per person, payable in advance or at the door.  Make your reservations by October 2, 2007, by calling 320-632-4007.

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