Fall 2017

Friday
Sept. 15th

Minnesota
State Capital

 

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Friday 3-5 PM
September 15th

Minnesota State Capital
Aurora Promenade Staircase

Architect,
Ted Lentz AIA

Magnificent Cass Gilbert Works

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Sept. 15th 2017:
R. Alan James

Director's Notes:.

A Capital Idea
Civilizations seem to define themselves by the language of their buildings. The language may be elegance, permanence, beauty or the capacity to inspire awe. There are buildings whose language is elegant, expressive, and inspiring. Some have a treasury of history written within, with bold philosophical statements written in stone, acknowledging excellence, virtue, sacrifice and visions. Their language is one of peace, harmony, inclusiveness and awe. The Minnesota Capitol is one such building. It is a study in aesthetics.
Our state capitol is renowned for its beauty, story and honor, acknowledging some personalities whose visions helped give birth to civic, religious and educational institutions. This Cass Gilbert structure is a marvel of which an honorable citizenry can be justly proud.
I think it is time we visited this splendid building. It is meant to be “the people’s building,” a rich compendium of a philosophy of a civilization, written in artistic, historic and engineering excellence. I hope you can be a part of this “pilgrimage” on September 15th.

See this YouTube posting of our visit from John Taylior Gatto:
http://youtube/4KlSD0nanco

Here is a PDF of Emilio DeGrazia's
March 2014 manuscript:
WHY HUMPTY DUMPTY FELL

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