Overview

Minnesota History Center

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Overview

Part of a national competition, HGA's winning design for the Minnesota History Center reflects St. Paul's architectural tradition with a fresh perspective. The History Center forms a striking visual axis with the State Capitol and the Cathedral of St. Paul from its hilltop site. In detail, craftsmanship and planning, the building fulfills the Minnesota Historical Society's mission to increase attendance, expand exhibition and storage capacity, and boost public outreach.

The 427,000-square-foot, six-level History Center includes museum and exhibit galleries, education wing, reference library, 314-seat auditorium, café, and archival storage. The façade echoes the formal classicism of the State Capitol. Inside, the classically inspired Great Hall marks the crossroads of the History Center's two axes where visitors arrive.

A brilliant design that took a site with problems and made it into a landmark on the horizon of Saint Paul.
Russell Fridleym Minnesota Historical Society Director

Awards

Minnesota History Center

Awards