Works in Progress 2018

MNSAH 2018 Annual Works in Progress

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Works in Progress provides an opportunity to keep abreast of current architectural scholarship through presentations by scholars, preservationists, and curators.

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Fuji-Ya Restaurant. Photo: Arthur Dickey, courtesy Hennepin County Library

Minnesota’s Carnegie Libraries After 100 Years

Historian Greg Gaut will describe the sixty-six libraries built in Minnesota with Carnegie funding between 1900 and 1918, evaluate their impact, and summarize what has happened to them over the century, focusing on how architects adapted those that are still used as libraries.

Case Study Houses: 1945-1966

Well-known Mid-century Modern architects such as Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, Richard Neutra, and Minnesota’s Ralph Rapson participated in a unique Los Angeles program known as the Case Study Houses. Architect Gordon Olschlager will discuss the effort to preserve these important cultural resources in the wake of intense economic pressures.

Fuji-Ya, second to none: Reconnecting Minneapolis and the Mississippi River

Historians Kimmy Tanaka and Jonathan Moore will discuss how Reiko Umetani Weston introduced many Minnesotans to Japanese cuisine and culture through her Fuji-Ya restaurant. Arguably, however, her greatest influence was reconnecting a city to its river.

A reception will follow the presentations.

Where: Christ Church Lutheran by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, 3244 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Questions: Contact Rolf Anderson at 612-824-7807 or

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