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About Us

The Center for World Heritage Studies is a research and education unit in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota dedicated to the documentation, conservation and enhancement of global heritage. The Center works in cooperation with the programs of UNESCO, local and national preservation partners, as well as practitioners. Among the work and research interests of the center is modern heritage.

Our Placeography Projects

Minnesota Modernism: Architecture of the Recent Past, 1945-1970

This project evolved out of a survey of modernism in Minnesota, presented at a one-day symposium, "The Future of the Modern Past," sponsored by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, in May 2006. With this site we hope to contribute to the knowledge and preservation of modernism in Minnesota--and beyond. Buildings included here represent the years 1945-1970, with a few outliers included for significance. Although all of Minnesota is represented, most buildings are located in the Twin Cities. We welcome contributors to post additions from across the state.

ARCH5670 Class Project

Minnesota Modernism


Minneapolis Modernism


Saint Paul Modernism


Organization Info

Center for World Heritage Studies
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Web site: http://worldheritage.cdes.umn.edu
E-mail: cwhs@umn.edu
Phone: 612-624-3596
Contact: Nancy A. Miller, Ph.D , Associate Director

Featured Project


Featured Place

Christ Church Lutheran The building was designed by Eliel Saarinen and is one of his last works. It was dedicated in 1949, and has gained fame as the foremost early example of modern church architecture.

Places listed

List of places in Minnesota in the Modern Style:

Primary style

Secondary Style


National Register Historic Properties

Personal tools
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