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Walter Huchthausen designed Mount Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church (1460 W. Almond Av., St. Paul), completed in 1942.

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Monuments Man design in Minnesota

  • February 7, 2014 - 4:40 PM

One still-standing example of Walter Huchthausen’s architectural prowess is his ahead-of-its-time design for Mount Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church (1460 W. Almond Av., St. Paul), completed in 1942.

“Although the design falls within the realm of Gothic Revival, it’s so stripped down that the church anticipates the simple modern A-frame style that became popular in the 1950s,” writes Larry Millett in the “AIA Guide to the Twin Cities.”

When Northrop Auditorium reopens in April following its renovation, the inaugural exhibition in its fourth-floor gallery will be a revival of the College of Design’s centennial student drawing exhibition, “100 Years of Student Drawings: Selections From the College of Design Drawing Archives.” The exhibition includes Walter Huchthausen’s 1927-28 competition drawing, as well as the work of Mankato native Ralph W. Hammett, another “Monuments Man” and a 1919 graduate of the school. (April 5-June 1, free, 84 SE. Church St., Mpls., http://goldstein.design.umn.edu/exhibitions/upcoming).

RICK NELSON

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