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Lost Mansions of the Twin Cities

Date: 10/26/2011

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center,St. Paul,Twin Cities

Cost: $80


This two-session evening short course is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


Throughout the Twin Cities, entire neighborhoods of luxurious homes have disappeared without a trace. Many grand estates that once sprawled over hundreds of acres along the shores of Lake Minnetonka are also gone and long forgotten. The stories of these extravagant homes are as much a record of architectural history as the fascinating life stories of the people who poured their dreams, desires, and ambitions into building them. Designed to display the wealth and solidify the social status of their owners, these lavish mansions succumbed to many fates: fires and financial disasters, railroad and freeway development, commercial and institutional expansion. Scouring public records and archives, more than 90 of these lost estates have been brought back to life through photographs and architectural drawings in the new book, Once There Were Castles (recommended reading). Join author Larry Millett, a noted regional and architectural historian, in a ghostly tour of the lost mansions of the Twin Cities.

Instructor Larry Millett, M.A., English literature, University of Chicago, wrote for the St. Paul Pioneer Press from 1972-2002, including 17 years as its award-winning architecture critic. He is the author of numerous books including Lost Twin Cities (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1992), one of this region's best-selling history books and the subject of a popular documentary produced by Twin Cities Public Television. Millett also is the author of five works of fiction in which Sherlock Holmes solves Minnesota mysteries. His most recent book is Once There Were Castles (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).


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  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

More information: http://z.umn.edu/48z

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at 612-624-4000 or at cceinfo@umn.edu.

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