Works in Progress 2017

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MNSAH’s Annual Works in Progress

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 7-9 PM

Works in Progress is the annual MNSAH event that provides members an opportunity to keep abreast of current architectural scholarship through presentations by scholars, preservationists, and curators. The program is free, and preregistration is not required.

This year, MNSAH is pleased to present:

History of the Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska) Area

Architect and historian Peter Sussman will discuss his ongoing exploration into the setting and community history of the Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska) area. He will describe the cultural and physical changes that have taken place from a Dakota village, to a lake resort and up to the present time. The site of St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church has itself been the location of five buildings. Peter’s talk will take us from an Anglo-centric narrative to include recognition of a living Dakota perspective.

Preserving Modern Architecture

Architect Todd Grover is a board member and Advocacy Chair of DOCOMOMO US, an organization dedicated to the preservation of modern architecture, landscape, and design. Todd will discuss preservation issues impacting national and local sites from the modern era. His talk will also feature the recent recipients of Modernism in America Awards.

MNSAH’s Modern Masters Program

MNSAH will provide an update on recent interviews conducted through the Modern Masters Program, which was funded by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Those interviewed include John Cunningham; Tom Fisher; Stu MacDonald and Bob Mack; Tom Meyer, Jeffrey Scherer, and Garth Rockcastle; Dale Mulfinger; and Julie Snow.

Following the presentations, we will tour St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church designed by Thorshov and Cerny in 1957.


St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue South, Minneapolis, located along the east side of Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska). Parking is available adjacent to the church.


Free and open to the public


Rolf Anderson,, or 612-824-7807


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