Wild about Harry

  • Article by: BY LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 12, 2012 - 2:42 PM

Harry Wild Jones designed many well-known Minneapolis landmarks.

Who was Harry Wild Jones? The architect (1859-1935) is not as well known as St. Paul architects Cass Gilbert, of Minnesota State Capitol fame, and Clarence Johnston, the official state architect.

But you've probably seen some of Jones' memorable buildings around the Twin Cities. He also designed many stately homes for affluent clients in south Minneapolis, including his own former 1887 home at 5101 Nicollet Av. S.

Here are Jones' most recognizable landmarks:

• The red-domed Byzantine-style chapel of Lakewood Cemetery, where Jones is buried, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

• Washburn Water Tower, adorned with huge concrete eagles, in Minneapolis' Tangletown neighborhood.

• Butler Brothers Warehouse, now Butler Square.

• Superintendent's Cottage in Loring Park.

• Two churches -- Calvary Baptist and the Scottish Rite Temple, both in Minneapolis.

LYNN UNDERWOOD

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