Once There Were Castles: Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities

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Popular Ebook Once There Were Castles: Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities release In Lost Twin Cities, Larry Millett brought to life the vanished architecture of downtown Minneapolis and St Paul Now, in Once There Were Castles, he offers a richly illustrated look at another world of ghosts in our midst the lost mansions and estates of the Twin Cities.Nobody can say for sure how many lost mansions haunt the Twin Cities, but at least five hundred can bIn Lost Twin Cities, Larry Millett brought to life the vanished architecture of downtown Minneapolis and St Paul Now, in Once There Were Castles, he offers a richly illustrated look at another world of ghosts in our midst the lost mansions and estates of the Twin Cities.Nobody can say for sure how many lost mansions haunt the Twin Cities, but at least five hundred can be accounted for in public records and archives In Minneapolis and St Paul, entire neighborhoods of luxurious homes have disappeared, virtually without a trace Many grand estates that once spread out over hundreds of acres along the shores of Lake Minnetonka are also gone The greatest of these lost houses often had astonishingly short lives the lavish Charles Gates mansion in Minneapolis survived only nineteen years, and Norman Kittson s sprawling castle on the site of the St Paul Cathedral stood for barely than two decades Railroad and freeway building, commercial and institutional expansion, fires, and financial disasters all claimed their share of mansions others succumbed to their own extravagance, becoming too costly to maintain once their original owners died.The stories of these grand houses are, above all else, the stories of those who built and lived in them from the fantastic saga of Marion Savage to the continent spanning conquests of James J Hill, to the all but forgotten tragedy of Olaf Searle, a poor immigrant turned millionaire who found and lost a dream in the middle of Lake Minnetonka These and many other mansion builders poured all their dreams, desires, and obsessions into extravagant homes designed to display wealth and solidify social status in a culture of ever fluctuating class distinctions.The first book to take an in depth look at the history of the Twin Cities mansions, Once There Were Castles presents ninety lost mansions and estates, organized by neighborhood and illustrated with photographs and drawings An absorbing read for Twin Cities residents and a crucial addition to the body of work on the region s history, Once There Were Castles brings these ghost mansions back to life.. Bestseller Ebook Once There Were Castles: Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities The wealth amassed in Minneapolis and St. Paul from 1850s to the 1950s is astounding. To announce you'd arrived, you built a mansion. Then you tore it down and built another, more amazing, further down the street. And in some cases, yet another. This book tells the stories of these houses and those who built them and is both an architectural and social history of the Twin Cities. To have had so many magnificent homes built and then subsequently destroyed due to urban development, financial reversals, and the march of time is simply astonishing.
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  • Larry Millett Post author

    Larry Millett has combined his interest in journalism, architectural history, and mystery fiction to create an unusual writing career A native of Minneapolis, he attended school there and then went on to obtain a bachelor s degrees in English from St John s University and a master s degree from the University of Chicago.He began working as a general assignment reporter for the St Paul Pioneer Press in 1972 and became the newspaper s first architecture critic after a year of study on a fellowship to the University of Michigan.Larry s first book, The Curve of the Arch, appeared in 1985 Since then, he s written eleven other works of nonfiction, including Lost Twin Cities, which has been in continuous print for than twenty years Larry began writing mystery fiction in 1996 by bringing the world s most famous consulting detective to Minnesota for The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon He s published six other novels featuring Holmes, Dr Watson, and St Paul saloonkeeper Shadwell Rafferty Larry lives in St Paul s historic West Seventh Street neighborhood with his wife and occasional writing partner, Jodie Ahern, who is also an accomplished painter and a freelance copy editor.

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  • The wealth amassed in Minneapolis and St Paul from 1850s to the 1950s is astounding To announce you d arrived, you built a mansion Then you tore it down and built another, amazing, further down the street And in some cases, yet another This book tells the stories of these houses and those who built them and is both an architectural and social history of the Twin Cities To have had so many magnificent homes built and then subsequently destroyed due to urban development, financial reversals, and [...]


  • In some ways this is a very difficult book to read, especially knowing that old houses will continue to be torn down and replaced with new things But despite the insatiable cravings it gave me to hijack the TARDIS to the early 20th century and walk around to admire the view on streets long gone, and how I too am now haunted by the ghosts of lost mansions, this book is a treasure Having lived my whole life in the Twin Cities suburbs, yet still finding the cities themselves to be exotic and myster [...]


  • This heavyweight coffee table book is a treasure It is packed with photographs of amazing homes built to display the wealth of the movers and shakers who built the Twin Cities area The accompanying text tells the stories of the owners and designers of 90 lost mansions The author writes deft descriptions of the architectural styles and home furnishings that changed as fashion demanded from the mid 19th to the mid 20th centuries and includes interesting historical information about the commercial [...]


  • I didn t actually get far in reading this but I did skip around to read snatches and look at the pictures I have 2 big problems First, there are NO MAPS He could at least have like a shaded one of the areas he s talking about if not one with dots about where places stood Also if readers have no knowledge of the areas of the Twin Cities then the geographical portion is totally useless Second, he refers to various styles of architecture but does not have like a basic picture of each This then make [...]


  • Since moving to Helena, in third grade, I ve been fascinated with large houses Especially those who s stories of the people who lived in them outlived the houses themselves Driving around the mansion district was always really fun and I loved the random mansions tucked in other, less sightly, parts of town.The tales in this book have helped me shape a better picture of what the wealthy people of early Minneapolis and St Paul aspired to It also has striking similarities to today s pockets of weal [...]


  • I really enjoyed this book I learned a lot about the history of the Twin Cities It was bittersweet to learn about all of these beautiful mansions that are no longer there I liked how the author told the history of each neighborhood, as well as the story of each mansion and their builders and owners.


  • Great book if you are interested in old money tales in Saint Paul, MN Which is where I live I have to admit there were pages I thoroughly read You can let your imagination run with the descriptions of over the board opulence Others I skimmed Well written and well researched for the one who wants the total scoop on the lost mansions, lost life style in St Paul.


  • I loved this book More than just a book about old houses that are now gone although that s why I bought it , it paints a vivid picture of the history of Minneapolis and Saint Paul I can look at Target headquarters in downtown Mpls and I know what the Victorian house that once sat on that corner looks like I love that.


  • I really enjoy Larry Millett s ability to evoke the history and architecture of the Twin Cities of yesterday This was a wonderful look at some of the lost homes of Minneapolis and Saint Paul Recommend if you like learning about local regional history or are an old house afficianado.


  • I found this very interesting for two reasons First, I have seen many of these buildings before they were destroyed and so lost Second, the histories of the architects and owners of the lost castles were fascinating.


  • LOVE this book If you are a history fanatic of Minneapolis St Paul you will find oodles of fabulous photos of architecture lost to demolition Descriptions of the neighborhoods and families are interesting and give a clear picture of eras gone by.


  • Thank you, Mr Millett, for continuing to bring the history of the Twin Cities to us I LOVED this book, even though it made me sad to realized how much amazing, rich, extravagant architecture has been lost in the area Such a waste that some of those places were only up for a decade or so







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