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Prairie School Architectural Tour of Minnesota
Drawing, Fritz Carlson House, Minneapolis, 1916-17
(William Gray Purcell and
George Grant Elmslie)

Prairie School Architecture in Minnesota
Minnesota is home to a number of remarkable Prairie School buildings, from banks and other commercial structures to churches and residential houses.

Many excellent examples—designed by William Gray Purcell, George Grant Elmslie, George Washington Maher, and Prairie School founder Louis Sullivan—can be found in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and smaller cities and towns in the southeastern part of the state.

You can take these tours online or in person. Select from the options below or use these printable tour guides.

Note: If you look at any of these buildings in person, please respect the privacy of the people who live and work in them.

Take the Selected Highlights Tour

Take the Lake of the Isles Tour Take the Minneapolis - South Tour Take the Greater Minnesota Tour Take the Razed Structures Tour

Several of the stops on these tours are enhanced with audio interviews. To listen to them online, look for the icon, or call (612) 870-6446 from home or via cell phone.

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