Romanesque Revival

You can read about the Romanesque Revival architectural style and where it was used in Minneapolis.


Inspired by French and Spanish architecture from the eleventh and twelveth centuries, the Romanesque Revival style gained popularity in the United States in the late-nineteenth century. Used in a variety of building types, from private residences to courthouses, common characteristics included rounded arches, semi-circular arched windows, and belt courses. A resurgence of Romanesque Revival architecture, as well as a variant inspired by Henry Hobson Richardson, in the 1880s inspired the designs of many of Minneapolis’ most prominent landmarks.

Common Characteristics:

  • Semi-Circular arches for window and door openings
  • Beltcourses
  • Gabled roofs
  • Square or polygonal towers

Romanesque Revival Style in Minneapolis:

Community Planning & Economic Development

Historic Preservation




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