Architecture of Minneapolis Parks

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Buildings, bridges, and much more—these are the treasures in or near Minneapolis parks that are rarely given attention. This book diverts the reader from the traditional park elements of lakes, woods, streams, and playfields and focuses instead on the rich architectural components they offer. Buildings range from the 160-year-old Godfrey house, believed to be the oldest standing house in Minneapolis, to the recently completed shelters in the Wabun picnic area at Minnehaha Park. Many architects, from Stanford White to Harry Jones to Frank Gehry, have left their marks either on parkland or across the street. Some of their notables are presented in this book. One of the most popular icons of Minneapolis, the Lake Harriet Bandstand, with a long list of predecessors and once painted blue, rounds out this presentation.
ISBN: 9780738560267
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Minnesota
Series: Images of America
Images: 207
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Albert D. Wittman was an assistant superintendent for the Minneapolis park system for over 27 years. Responsible for planning and development, he saw the completion of the design and construction of many of the buildings and structures in this book. He attended the University of Windsor, Ontario, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from the University of Detroit. He holds a master's degree in city planning from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Wittman has also written a postwar history of the Minneapolis park system.
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