Classical Revival/Beaux-Arts

You can read about the history and designation of the Classical Revival/Beaux-Arts historic landmark.

Combining classical architecture from ancient Greece and Rome with Renaissance features, the Classical Revival style emerged in Minnesota as a wave of architects trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris returned to the United States. Characterized by order and symmetry, Classical Revival architecture was often chosen for grandiose public buildings such as churches, theaters, and libraries in Minneapolis.

Common Characteristics:

  • Symmetrical, balanced façade
  • Columns
  • Cornices
  • Balustrades
  • Large arches
  • Triangular pediments

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505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415