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This paper plan was followed between 1909 and 1917 by an even larger City Beautiful scheme set forth initially by the master himself, Daniel H. Burnham, and carried on after his death by Edward H. Bennett. The only part of their scheme which was fully carried out was the opening up of the Gateway district, so that a more respectable and impressive entrance (from the railroad station) might be provided. This area was to have been lined on both sides by Classical government buildings. The only building of this ambitious project which was actually constructed was Hewitt and Brown's Pavilion in Gateway Park (1916).
When built, it was described as modified Gothic in style — but if it is Gothic, it is Gothic with a dose of Richardsonian Romanesque. " 29 Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1896-98 Charles S. Sedgwick 1201 Nicollet Avenue Loosely English Gothic, with its rose windows and paired towers. The parish house and chapel added in 1936-37 (by Magney and Tusler) along 12th Street are more correct in their interpretation of the English Gothic. Formerly there was an especially fine Sunday School room in the building designed by Purcell, Feick, and Elmslie — the room is still there, but the fireplace, the windows, the bookcases, and the furniture have been gradually eliminated over the years.
Like the Period houses of the years 1900-20, these later houses were beautiful "machines for living," and their uses of the past seldom if ever compromised their functional requirements. Historic forms continued to be used for commercial buildings in the 1920s, but the American Skyscraper Style with Art Deco (Zigzag Moderne) detailing became the preferred style for the major office buildings in the Twin Cities. The Rand Tower (1928-29), now the Dain Tower, in Minneapolis and the Ramsey County Courthouse and the City Hall (1931-32) in St.
A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota by David Gebhard