When it opened in Minneapolis in 1890, the twelve-story Northwestern Guaranty Loan (later Metropolitan) Building was among the tallest, largest and most magnificent office buildings in the United States, even if the man behind it turned out to be a crook. The building’s needless destruction in 1961-62, at the height of urban renewal fever, has now come to be regarded as an act of civic vandalism that deprived Minneapolis of one of its greatest monuments. In his illustrated talk, Larry Millett will tell the story of the Metropolitan, from its design and construction amid financial chicanery to its demolition following the first big historic preservation battle in state history.
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